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1^^ SPRING 2002 ,^^ 


Message from the President 2 

Robert Reich Commencement Speaker 3 

Athletic Training Program Accredited 3 

New Overseer Appointed 3 

Managing Lasell 4-6 

Campus Update 7-9 

Lasell Village News 10-11 

People at Lasell 12 

Sports News 13 

Alumni News & Events 14-16 

Annual Fund 17 

Giving & Receiving 18-19 

Athletic Calendar 20 

Class Notes Inside 



Gubernatorial candidate 
commencement speaker 
and honorary degree 
recipient at Lasell's 147th 
commencement. May 19. 
(See page 3) 

Singer, songwriter and 
musician LIVINGSTON 
TAYLOR performs with 
the New Philharmonia 
Orchestra at "Promenade 
Pops at Lasell," May 18 at 
8 p.m. (See page 14) 





PERMIT NO. 51347 

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Lasell College 

NEWTON, MA 02466-2716 












College to Introduce Graduate Degree 
Program in Management with Elder Care 
and Marketing Concentrations 

Board of Higher Education on Tuesday, February 12, 2002, Lasell College will begin offer- 
ing a master of science degree in Management with concentrations in elder care and mar- 
keting starting in September 2002. The Board of Higher Education approval allows the 
College to market, recruit, and enroll graduate students for its new master's program 
beginning immediately. 

"We are excited to add the first graduate 
program to Lasell's portfolio of degree offerings, 
because it reflects the College's or\going commit- 
ment to educational innovation," said President 
Thomas de Witt. "Having created the country's 
first academic retirement community at Lasell 
Village — with its built-in, 450-hour residents' 
learning requirement — we have now developed 
a graduate program that will turn out practicing 

professionals who will blend elements of busi- 
ness, gerontology, hospitality, management, 
sociology, psychology, and allied health in what 
we believe will be the first degree of its kind. 

"With Lasell Village and other on- and off- 
campus 'laboratories,' Lasell students are able to 


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Managing LaselL*. 


rapid changes in American higher educa- 
tion — and we have lived them!" exclaimed 
a proud President Thomas de Witt recently, 
in a message to the community announcing 
yet another Lasell milestone — a graduate 
program (see story above). 

"After starting as a finishing school and gain- 
ing a reputation as a distinguished junior college 
for women for 139 years, Lasell became a bac- 
calaureate college, went coed, and now has added 
a graduate program — all in a scant 12 years," he 
reminded the College community. 

Under President de Witt's leadership, Lasell 
has shown a remarkable openness toward change 
and challenge, yielding a decade-plus of astonish- 
ing progress and revitalization despite its small 
size and its limited resources. 

Get connected with other alumni 
THROUGH Lasell's new online 


(see story on page 14) 

Lasell's Cabinet members: (front left to right) Margaretta 
Arnold, Diane Austin, Elizabeth Winter, Ruth Shuman; 
(back left to right) James Wingardner, Paula Panchuck, 
Kathleen O'Connor, James Ostrow. 

"Lasell's renaissance has been a collective 
effort, which has asked much of faculty and staff. 
All can be justifiably proud of their contribu- 
tions," President de Witt was quick to emphasize. 

"Progress doesn't occur in a vacuimi," 
Dr. de Witt said. And he pointed with pride to the 
Cabinet, the eight senior officers of the College 
who work together to provide counsel to the 

continued on page 4 

Lasell College Creates new Center 
FOR Research on Aging and 
Intergenerational Studies 

(see story on page 10) 



Managing Change 


When you read this edition of the leaves, the administration will be putting 

the final touches on a two-year-long self-study in preparation for a re-accreditation visit by the New 
England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) in November. 

The Commission on Institutions of Higher 
Education is sending a high-powered team com- 
posed of representatives from colleges such as 
Trinity (CT) and St. Michael's (VT). Because it views 
Lasell as an "aspiring institution," it expects us to 
assess the College's condition today while project- 
ing changes that will enhance Lasell's effectiveness 

Assessment and planning, therefore, intersect 
at a critical stage in Lasell's evolution. 

Basking in the afterglow of our successful 
capital campaign, culminating in the celebration of 
our 150th birthday, we must ask ourselves: where 
does Lasell go now, and what lies in our future? 

While a formal plan for the first decade of this 
new century will not be presented to the trustees 
until late 2002 or early 2003, we know its essential 

• A competitive institution of up to 1500 stu- 
dents (of whom about 20% should be gradu- 
ate students enrolled in master's programs) 

• A continued focus on the residential experi- 
ence for 800-1000 undergraduates 

• An enhancement of our connected learning 
curricula through project-based education 

validated by student-produced electronic 

• Support for ongoing faculty development 
and excellence in teaching 

• Sustained fundraising 

• Unwavering commitment to financial 
strength through balanced budgets and 
endowment growth. 

To achieve our ambitious goals, we will need 
sustained creative and strategic leadership. 
Therefore the focus of this edition of the Leaves is 
on the senior management team which, with very 
little personnel turnover, has, in just over a decade, 
transformed an historic two-year college for 
women into a vibrant, growing, coeducational 
college offering baccalaureate and now 
master's degrees. 

For small colleges like Lasell to succeed — to 
avoid the dangers of excessive reliance on individ- 
ual, executive leadership — there must be a culture 
of consensus management. Without meaningful 
involvement by senior managers in institutional 
decisions, and broad latitude in operational man- 
agement, talented staff soon seek new opportuni- 
ties at larger colleges and universities. Such senior- 

level turnover can be devastating in sustaining 
both continuity and innovation in small colleges. 
We should, therefore, celebrate the remark- 
able record of a Cabinet which has led Lasell to a 
new era of promise. Gretta Arnold, Kate 
O'Connor, Paula Panchuck, and Betsey Winter 
have all been at the College longer than I; Diane 
Austin and Ruth Shuman have served seven and 
four years, respectively; Jim Ostrow and Jim 
Wingardner, who are recent additions to the team, 
help to ensure that the Cabinet remains open to 
new ideas and perspectives. Lasell's future 
depends on creative leadership responsive to 
shifts in market demand. I am blessed to work 
with such a strong group of leaders. The College 
is in good hands to achieve its future goals. «*- 

. ^<^2L/^ 

Thomas E.J. de Witt, Ph.D. 



apply classrooin-leamed theory to real world situ- 
ations in a dynamic, interactive, connected learn- 
ing environment that provides invaluable experi- 
ence and a clear advantage in the job market/' 
Dr. de Witt continued. 

Sensitive to the working professional, the 
graduate program is designed to enable students 
to use internship and practica sites set up by 
Lasell as well as their own places of professional 
employment. Classes meet one night a week, 
beginning at 6:30 p.m., to allow working profes- 
sionals time to get from their place of employment 
to the conveniently located Lasell campus, get a 
bite to eat at Lasell's food court, and meet with 
professors before class. 

Boasting the coeducational College's hallmark 
features, including an emphasis on teaching by 
experienced, field-sawy faculty, small class size, 
and a convenient and accessible campus situated 
in a suburban residential setting, Lasell's graduate 
program will offer the two master's degree pro- 
grams to complement and broaden its strong aca- 
demic offerings. The program will provide both 
undergraduate and master's degree candidates 

with broader educational opportunities, more 
faculty to teach at both levels, and will reinforce 
the College's reputation as a market-sensitive 
educational institution. 

The elder care concentration will prepare 
students to manage and operate agencies, organi- 
zations, and facilities serving the elderly, and 
work with all segments within that special 
population. It responds to the growing need 
for uniquely trained and qualified professionals 
for the burgeoning elder care marketplace. 

Explains Kathleen O'Connor, Lasell's vice 
president of enrollment management, "Lasell pro- 
vides an exciting alternative for those who don't 
want to settle for an advanced degree in a related 
field or opt for in-service, non-degree programs." 

"Given our location and affiliations, we 
believe no one is better suited to offer this kind of 
connected learning degree," said Dr. de Witt. 

Lasell's new graduate program will be housed 
in the School of Business and Information 
Technology. Its Dean, K. Brewer Doran, Ph.D., is 
the graduate program's director. 

Lasell's graduate program in elder care offers 
a rich curriculum that includes courses such as 
Physiology of Aging; Legal, Regulatory and Public 
Policy Environment for Elder Care Services; 
Housing and Long-term Care Options for Older 

Adults; Marketing to Seniors; Senior Facilities 
Management; Services and Programs for Older 
Adults, and Elder Care Management Challenges. 

The marketing concentration will include 
courses in Consumer Behavior, Marketing 
Research and Marketing Communications. Its core 
curriculum includes Fundamentals of Executive 
Management, Research Methods, Management 
Information Systems, Financial Management, 
Organizational Behavior, Marketing Management, 
and Operations Management. 

"All of Lasell's degree-granting programs 
include practical experience through course-based 
projects, internships, practica, clinical affiliations, 
and on-site training. This experience-based 
approach to education establishes a sense of both 
connection and relevance — students understand 
the value of their academic work as they prepare 
to become imaginative and ethical practitioners of 
their chosen professions," Dr. Doran said. 

The Office of Graduate Admission will begin 
accepting applications immediately to the new 
degree program which begins in the fall. 

For more information, call the Office of 
Graduate Admission, at 617-243-2400, or email at ^^ 



SPRING 2002 

Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Reich 
to Address Graduates at Lasell College's 
1 47th Commencement 

commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient at the 147th annual commencement 
ceremonies at Lasell College, Simday, May 19, 2002, at 1 p.m., at Taylor Field. 

A long time civil servant, Robert Reich was 
the nation's 22nd Secretary of Labor during the 

first term of President Bill Clinton. As Secretary of 
Labor, Robert Reich initiated a national crusade to 
abolish sweatshops in the United States and eradi- 
cate child labor around the world, and saw the 
Family and Medical Leave Act passed and imple- 
mented. In addition. Secretary Reich was instru- 
mental in raising the minimum wage for the first 
time since 1989. 

Robert Reich was an assistant to the solicitor 
general in the administration of Gerald Ford, rep- 
resenting the United States before the U.S. 
Supreme Court, and headed the policy planning 
staff of the Federal Trade Commission in the 
Jimmy Carter administration. Prior to becoming 
Labor Secretary, Mr. Reich was a member of the 
faculty of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy 
School of Government. 

In addition to his work on the campaign trail 
rurming for governor of Massachusetts, Robert 
Reich is the Maiirice B. Hexter Professor of Social 
and Econonuc Policy at Brandeis University and 
its Heller Graduate School. Robert Reich has 
authored eight books, including The Work of 
Nations, which has been translated into 22 lan- 
guages, the best-seller. Locked in the Cabinet, and, 
most recently. The Future of Success, published by 

Gubernatorial candidate and 
Maurice B. Hexter Professor 
at Brandeis University 
Robert Reich. 

Alfred Knopf. 

Mr. Reich has 
written for and 
frequently appears 
on television, 
where he was the 
host of the widely 
acclaimed four- 
part public TV 
series. Made in 
America (1992). His 
radio commentary 
can be heard every 
other Thursday 
evening on public radio's "Marketplace." 
Additionally, his writings have been included in 
The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, The New 
York Times, Washington Post, The Boston Globe, 
Britain 's Observer, and many other publications. 
He is the founder and national editor of The 
American Prospect. 

Robert Reich, 55, is a resident of Cambridge, 
Massachusetts with his wife, Clare Dalton, a lead- 
ing feminist legal scholar who is Northeastern 
University's Matthews Distinguished University 
Professor. He received a B.A. from Dartmouth 
College in 1968, an M.A. from Oxford University, 
and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1973. »- 



SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2002 

School of Allied Health — PTA Reunion Program 

Guest Speaker: Mauria Vallas Falcone, physical therapist and national presenter 
3:30-5:30 p.m. 

School of Arts and Sciences — Education Reunion Program 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Judith Schickedanz, professor of education, Boston University 
3:30-5:30 p.m. 

Jackie Hoffmeir Lard '68 Elected 
to Board of Overseers 


changes at Lasell since her graduation. 

"One of the things of which I am most proud 
is that through thick and thin, I have tried to make 
a donation to the College every year. When I was 
having my first tour of the school, I heard some- 
one say how hard it was for women's colleges to 
raise money because funds were usually directed 
to the husband's alma mater. This made a real 
impression on me, and with coeducation and all 
the changes that are happening at Lasell today, 
the importance of fundraising has increased." 

Mrs. Lard lives with her husband, Charles, 
in West Hartford, Connecticut, and they have 
two grown children. 

Always interested in art, she devotes time 
to the Wadsworth Atheneum, where she is a 
volunteer docent. 

She received her Bachelor's degree from the 
University of Connecticut in 1998. "I became a 
real fan of the Lady Huskies. What an extraordi- 
nary basketball team!" she exudes. 

Her enthusiasm will be one of the valuable 
assets she brings to the Board of Overseers. J*- 

Athletic Training 
Program Accredited 

announced recently that the Athletic 
Training Department has received 
national accreditation. "A special con- 
gratulations goes to program Chair 
and Assistant Professor Bill Nowlan, 
who has w^orked very hard for this 
achievement, developing curriculum, 
labs and internship sites, in addition to 
writing a comprehensive self-study 
and hosting a three-day visit last fall," 
says Associate Dean Lisa Harris, who 
oversees Allied Health. 

"By 2004 everyone in the discipline has 
to have graduated from an accredited pro- 
gram," explains Professor Nowlan, "so it is 
very important to be recognized by the 
Commission on Accreditation of Allied 
Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). 

Once we filed for candidacy we had to 
wait a year and the site visit by the accredit- 
ing team finally happened in April 2001. 
CAAHEP only meets twice a year, so this 
meant that we had more waiting in store for 
us, but it was worth it." 

Students Jesse Dimick and Joe Pirrone celebrate the 
accreditation with Mr. Bones. 

Beginning in the sophomore year of the 
four year program, students must take a clin- 
ical each semester. "We have a very hands- 
on curriculum," says Professor Nowlan. 
"What makes the Lasell program so special 
is all the sites that are available to our stu- 
dents. They include a variety of practice set- 
tings and clinical rotations at such schools as 
Boston College, M.I.T., Bentley, and 
Brookline High School. Our team physician 
comes from Children's Hospital and we are 
hoping to expand our internships there." 

December saw the first two Athletic 
Training students graduate and the newly 
accredited program promises to grow 
each year. ^ 

SPRING 2002 





president, consider vital college-related issues of 
academics, enrollment, institutional advancement, 
and governance, and participate with Lasell's 
chief execvitive in planning and implementing 
institvitional strategies. 

What follows are brief conversations with 
each Cabinet member, providing a rare, inside 
glimpse of what they see as their accomplish- 
ments and challenges at Lasell, and how they 
work individually and in tandem to secure the 
College's ftiture. »■ 


Title: Executive Assistant to the President 

Undergraduate degree: A.S., Fisher Junior College 

Served as Interitn Dean of Students for one 
academic year. 

Began at Lasell: May 1984 

"We work hard here, 
individually, and as a team. 
But at the end of the day, I 
usually close the door feeling 
gratified for having done 
work that is rewarding and 
yes, even fun." 

Margaretta Arnold 

"I came to Lasell as assistant to former President 
Peter Mitchell. Peter and I had worked together at 
Fisher Junior College and we always joked that we 
eventually should run our own college. After I had 
worked 14 years at Fisher as director of student 
services, the opportunity to move presented itself, 
and I was happy to take it on. 

"Lasell was a good institution, but the 1970s 
and 80s had been hard on it. I certainly saw its 
potential. And when Tom de Witt accepted the 
position of president in 1988, it was with the provi- 
so that he would have the support to take Lasell to 
a baccalaureate-degree granting institution. From 
then on, it has been one impressive accomplish- 
ment after another. I think Lasell has surpassed 
most people's wildest dreams by moving from a 
survival mode to a thriving mode. 

"I liked Tom immediately. He jumped into the 
job vdth his characteristic enthusiasm and pas- 
sion, and he began working with the Cabinet to 
encourage their free and open input. Tom always 
invites the Cabinet to give opinions and he 
listens — even when he disagrees. He is thought- 
ful and open to argument. If s a valuable trait. 

"I think we, on the Cabinet, have all worked 
ourselves into being a really good team whose 
focus is the best interests of the College. We gener- 
ally make choices that benefit the entire institution 
rather than our own, specific areas of responsibili- 
ty. That takes a lot of doing, particularly when it 
comes to allocating budgets. But we realize that 
we're all in the same boat together and, if the boat 
is going to move forward, we all have to work 
productively together. 

"I'm most proud to have the opportimity to 
work with such fine people. The Cabinet is com- 
posed of smart, energetic, good-humored col- 
leagues who have also become good friends. After 

18 years at Lasell, to say that it's still satisfying and 
fun working here, I think, tells the whole story." 


Title: Dean of Students 

Undergraduate degree: B.A., State University of 
N.Y., Pittsburgh 

Graduate degree: M.S., State University of N.Y., 

Began at Lasell: June 1995 

Diane Austin 

"Ours is an institution 
that prides itself on looking 
ahead. At Lasell, future 
vision is as important 
as responding to 
immediate issues. " 

"\ point to the smooth 
transition from single-sex 
to coeducation, unanimously endorsed by the 
Board of Trustees, as one of the truly impressive 
aspects of overall leadership and collaboration on 
this campus during my seven years here. 

"\ served with 12 others on the mission com- 
mittee that was convened in July 1997 and had 
until September to complete its work of defining 
what would be required to make a successful tran- 
sition. I am very proud of that process, particular- 
ly since, initially, many of our constituencies were 
against admitting men to Lasell. I wrote the final 
report to the Board of Trustees that, in October, 
unanimously approved the move to coeducation. 
The rest of the year was spent developing ways to 
change the culture at Lasell, finding ways to wel- 
come both men and women to the College. 

"Going coed brought tremendous energy to 
the campus and huge growth. The College became 
much more residential. Now 80 percent of stu- 
dents live on campus. Before, it was more like 50 
percent. In 1996, we had 303 student beds avail- 
able. Now we have 681. Before, we attracted a 
greater number of non-traditional aged students 
whose support areas were outside of the campus. 
Now we have vitality on the campus on the week- 
ends. Social and educational activities have 
grown. The Athletic program has grown. We now 
have 150 intercollegiate athletes and 12 teams! 

"\ see change defining Lasell's current 
history. The granting of four-year degrees put into 
motion all that we have accomplished so far. And 
now a master's program — its approval is an 
incredible statement from the external communi- 
ty, the most noticeable affirmation. It means Lasell 
is seen as being viable and here for the long term. 

"The Cabinet brings together a strong group 
of professionals whom Tom uses as his sounding 
board. We bring so much experience and enthusi- 
asm to the job. Efficient and hard workers, I think 
we are really creative about the use of human and 
financial resources. 

"Many members have served on the Cabinet 
or at Lasell for a long period. That constancy at the 
institution, and in the Cabinet, provides an invalu- 
able perspective in terms of governance. Tom de 
Witt gives us the opportunity to do the job as his 
advisors. With each other and with him, we com- 

Kathleen O'Connor 

municate, keep each other appraised, constantly re- 
evaluate, and work towards a consensus. It is satis- 
fying, and the results seem to speak for themselves. 

"We are not just satisfied with baseline. We 
are thinking about today's student, of course, 
but we are also thinking and preparing them for 
15 years out. We are looking ahead. Here, there 
is a future vision as well as an immediate one." 


Title: Vice President for Enrollment Management 

Undergraduate degree: A.B., Regis College 

Graduate degree: M.Ed., Lesley College; 
doctoral candidate at the University of 

Began at Lasell: February 1987 

Served previously as Dean of Admissions and 
Financial Aid, Dean of Students 

"When you sit here, from 
day to day, you don't get to 
see the breadth of accom- 
plishments this institution 
has made. But when you 
start accumulating data over 
the past 10 years for a New 
England Association of 
Schools and Colleges 
(NEASC) report, it's like looking at the wake of a turn- 
ing ocean liner. You don't feel it turning hut you can 
see the change of direction in the wake of the ship. " 

"While I am proud of the enrollment growth 
at Lasell, I am most proud of my role as a member 
of the senior team — defining strategy and imple- 
menting it. The Cabinet, with its responsibility for 
oversight for the College, has the ability to create 
programs and initiatives that are responsive to 
the changing market. Our goal is to integrate 
Lasell into that environment and still keep what 
is unique and important to us as an institution, 
and to anchor it more firmly to its niche. 

"My current challenges include hiring a grad- 
uate program admission director, and marketing 
the graduate program, as well as organizing a 
market research program for the future director, 
and launching the campaign. Along with that, 
I've been focused on growing the undergraduate 
enrollment and working to achieve a better 
retention rate. Each year we have added some 
70 to 90 students to the emoUment pool. We 
expect to have more than 900 students this fall 
and continue slowly growing. Our ultimate goal 
is 1200 students. 

"We also are working to shape enrollment. 
Nationally more women participate in college 
enrollment than men, so we are bucking the trend 
when we grow gender equity. We are now at 25% 
men, and we would love to get to 35 percent. 

"I love Lasell because, at this institution, one 
can make a difference. I talk to colleagues at the 
elite schools about teaching and student life, and 
I hear from them that, unlike Lasell, they don't 
feel or see that they have a direct impact on 
students' lives the way we, here, so often do. 



SPRING 2002 


A Lasell education and the campus experience 
really do make a difference for our students. 

"What distinguishes the Lasell experience 
from other institutions is not only its size, but also, 
the president's leadership. Tom de Witt offers us 
the opportunity to be creative. If you have a good 
idea, you are encouraged to express it, and if it 
goes beyond your area of responsibility, to collab- 
orate with your colleagues. There is a sense of 
adventvire and fun that comes with not being at a 
mundane institution where repetition rules. 1 have 
a job in which 1 don't do the same thing twice. 
Some of that is institutional; some is my longevity 
at Lasell; and part of it is that 1 just enjoy the 

"My dream for Lasell is that there would 
be three new buildings across the street from 
Klingbeil House — and they would be full; Lasell 
would be more financially stable, with a bigger 
endowment and greater resources; and the 
graduate program would have 300 students 
enrolled and the undergraduate programs 
would have 1200." 


Title: Vice President for Academic Affairs and 
Professor of Sociology 

Undegraduate degree: B.A., Johnston College, 
University of Redlands 

Graduate degrees: M.Ed., Boston University; 
Ph.D., Boston University 

Began at Lasell College: January 2001 

"We work toward having 
students view their role in 
the educational process as 
productive versus consump- 
tive so students are engaged 
actively in the processes of 
investigation, discovery, and 
analysis that lie at the heart 

of any academic subject as opposed to merely absorbing 

and regurgitating information. " 

"I was attracted to Lasell because of its size, 
the relatively high number of programs for its 
size, and its physical uniqueness and beauty. But, 
most important, Lasell College drew me because 
of its educational philosophy of connected learn- 
ing including, of course, the tntergenerational pos- 
sibilities introduced by Lasell Village. 

"In terms of governance and institutional 
management, 1 think the greatest challenges 
revolve around securing the trust and support of 
the faculty; clarifying, building upon, and getting 
buy-in for delivering on the promise of connected 
learning; and working through the re-accredita- 
tion process — converting it from a mundane 
meeting of tasks to an opportunity for setting a 
new academic vision for the College; reforming 
the curriculum across programs; and creating 
more consistent, supportive, and rigorous 
evaluation and development processes and 
opportunities for faculty. 

"I believe the chief academic officer should be 
an educator with a solid and informed education- 

Jim Ostrow 

al philosophy. 1 think that too many administra- 
tors allow educational vision and direction to take 
a back seat to the day-to-day 'arts and crafts' of 
management. Good managerial sense and efficien- 
cy are of paramount importance in this position, 
but they must exist within the context of a vision 
informed by the purpose of the organization. 

"At Lasell, 1 believe we have created a better 
working environment between faculty and the 
administration, a more supportive set of processes 
for faculty advancement and excellence, a clearer 
and more comprehensive fulfillment of the con- 
nected learning objective, more flexible and con- 
sistent curricular programming, a better academic 
advising system, an expanded, richer set of sup- 
ports and programming for first year students, a 
richer, expanded honors program, a soon-to-be 
instituted graduate program, greater attention on 
the scholarship of teaching, richer and greatly 
expanded programming in the Center for 
Community-Based Learning and the Donahue 
Institute, and clearer and more rigorous standards 
for academic achievement. 

"Managing Lasell in the future will rely on 
building on the initiatives already begun in order 
to create a more obvious and coherent stamp of 
uniqueness to Lasell academics. Lasell must work 
toward standing out from other colleges more 
clearly with respect to its student support sys- 
tems, its connected learning and project-focused 
educational framework, and the bond all con- 
stituencies feel toward the College community. 

"The four strategic priorities articulated in 
the self-study 1 am drafting — Connected 
Learning, Intellectual Curiosity, College 
Community Involvement, and Civic and Personal 
Responsibility, when fulfilled in all of their com- 
ponents, will make a College that truly stands out 
from others and will draw a high 
caliber, educationally-committed student." 


Title: Dean for Lasell Village 

Undergraduate degree: B.S., University of 
Massachusetts, Amherst 

Graduate degrees: M.Ed., Framingham State 
College; Ph.D., Lesley College 

Began at Lasell: September 1985 

Served previously as Program Chair of Early 
Childhood Education (1985-1997) and Interim 
Academic Dean (1997-1998) 

"What a revolutionary 
notion it was to require 
learning as a requirement for 
residence at Lasell Village! 
And look what has happened 
as a result. The focus of 'liv- 
ing and learning' at the 
Village is its defining char- 
acteristic. Villagers complete a minimum of 450 hours 
of learning activity each calendar year, to the extent 
they are physically and intellectually able. At Lasell, we 
are so fortunate and so willing to go beyond convention. 
It makes for wonderful possibilities. " 

Paula Panchuck 

"I value this institution because of its size, the 
way it esteems professional experience as well as 
academic accomplishments in faculty, and the 
entrepreneurial spirit that empowers faculty and 
staff to think and act creatively. 

"I, personally, am most proud of the on-site 
educational program that now occurs at the 
Village year round. The major challenges have 
been to create a living, breathing, educational 
program for older adults from a seed of an idea 
that had been planted by others before me with- 
out benefit of a template or model, and balancing 
the College's need to make the most of the Village 
presence (intergenerational programs, graduate 
students. Research Center) with residents' needs 
for both involvement and privacy in their new 
home at Lasell. 

"Without exception. Cabinet members are 
hardworking (sometimes excessively so!) and 
totally dedicated to the institution. They are 
creative and know how to get the biggest possible 
'bang for the buck.' We operate with full confi- 
dence in one another, collaborating with each 
other and working with the Board of Trustees, 
whom we see as allies and as valuable sources 
of information and guidance. 1 believe the Cabinet 
and the Board have forged a very positive, 
constructive relationship. And, I think all Cabinet 
members have strong working relationships with 
both faculty and staff. 

"My dream for the College? I'd build the 
endowment even further to continue to improve 
salaries to reward the loyalty and hard work that 
so many people have given to the institution. 
And, if we had the space, I'd add a campus chapel 
and do more to address the spiritual needs of the 
entire community." 


Title: Dean for Institutional Advancement 

Undergraduate degree: B.A., Northeastern 

Graduate degree: M.S., Boston University 

Began at Lasell: June 1998 

"I'm proud of managing 
the Institutional Advance- 
ment team that successfully 
completed a $10 million 
capital campaign by 
raising $18 million! I am 
proud of writing a success- 
ful grant proposal to the 
Kresge Foundation that 
helped support the renovation of the Winsloio 
Academic Center, and of successfully starting a 
Corporate Sponsorship Program at Lasell. Our four- 
day 'Lasell 150' extravaganza celebration was a big 
success among all of our constituents. The biggest 
compliment came from President de Witt, who said, 
'I can't believe a small school like Lasell could pull 
off such a big event!'" 

continued on page 6 

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SPRING 2002 



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"I think we have done a terrific job of raising 
the bar. The fundraising infrastructure has been 
put into place, the quality of alumni publications 
has significantly improved, and the quality and 
quantity of alumni events have been strength- 
ened. The challenge now is to keep the bar raised, 
with limited resources. Another challenge will be 
to identify and cultivate the next generation of 
alumni from the 60s, 70s and 80s who will, hope- 
fully, support the next capital campaign in 2007 or 
2008. The Annual Fund will need to grow to $1 
million over the next three to five years to provide 
resources beyond what is available in the operat- 
ing budget of the College. And, of course, we need 
to grow the endowment. Currently it is $12 mil- 
lion and it needs to be around $50 million if Lasell 
is to remain financially viable for the long term. 

President de Witt has set a standard for com- 
munication at Lasell that clearly is the reason for 
our collective successes. For example, he sends a 
monthly informational letter to his Board of 
Trustees, Overseers, and Corporators to let them 
know everything that is happening at Lasell. As a 
result, they feel well informed and have devel- 
oped an enormous sense of trust in him and the 
administration of this college. 

"Although each Cabinet member brings an 
expertise to his/her assigned area, we succeed in 
sharing ideas across disciplines and have institut- 
ed programs and poUcies that are in the best inter- 
est of the institution. The best example of how we 
operate is around budget time. We know there are 
limited resources to go around. As a Cabinet, we 
define and discuss what we see as the highest pri- 
orities for the institution. In many organizations, 
senior managers get very territorial and lobby for 
things that will only enhance their areas. This 
does not happen at Lasell. 

"As for the future of Lasell, I hope for 1500 
students, neighbors who love us, several regional- 
ly-prominent graduate programs, an endowment 
of at least $50 million, an Annual Fund that would 
take in more than $1 million a year, and a much 
less tuition-dependent institution. 


Title: Vice President for Business and Finance 

Undergraduate degrees: A.A., Lasell College, 
B.A., Newton College 

Graduate degree: M.B.A., Babson College 

Began at Lasell: 1976 

Served previously as Admission Counselor; Assistant 
Director of Admission/ Director of Financial Aid; 
Controller; Director of Financial Affairs; Dean of 

"I am not afraid to make a 
decision or to take a risk. 
I'm not afraid of making a 
mistake. I believe that some- 
times from mistakes come 
the very ideas that will 
move us forward. " 

"When 1 graduated from college 1 took a year 
off, worked in a law firm and began to research 
where the jobs for women would be in five to 10 
years. 1 had contemplated law school, but it 
seemed that everyone I knew was going to law 
school — I chose business instead. 1 was one of 
six women in the full-time MBA program at 
Babson College in 1973. When I returned to 
Lasell to interview for a job as an admission 
counselor, 1 thought to myself 'I can really make 
a difference here.' 

"In the early years, my philosophy differed 
dramatically from that of my colleagues. 1 came 
from a business background and the corporate 
world (Xerox Corporation). When I entered 
the admission field, I actually defined my job 
as 'marketing the institution.' My colleagues 
were appalled. When I referred to myself as a 
'marketer' or a 'salesperson,' I was reminded 
that I was an 'admissions counselor.' In my view, 
however, I was no longer selling copiers, I was 
selling education. 

"It was a challenge to bring my business phi- 
losophy into my positions in academia. Many of 
my colleagues favored aggressively budgeting 
revenues and conservatively budgeting expenses 
in order to produce what appeared to be balanced 
budgets. I have always had a very different 
approach — conservatively budgeting revenues 
and aggressively budgeting expenses. That way 
the only surprises you encounter are positive. 

"I also have the ability to know where to 
conserve revenues without sacrificing quality. 
Over the past years, I have had a great mentor in 
Tom de Witt. Tom was exactly what this College 
needed — an entrepreneur who was willing to 
take major risks. He knew that colleges must be 
run like businesses, because that is precisely what 
they are. 

"I have always viewed my job as being about 
one thing — the bottom line. We are, indeed, a 
nonprofit organization, but we must be a 'prof- 
itable nonprofit.' In order to be successful, we 
have to identify ways to generate funds which 
can then be filtered back into facilities, academic 
programs, endowment, etc. I am always searching 
for ways to augment revenues in order to reduce 
the percentage of tuition dependency. The great- 
est challenge, from my perspective, is to establish 
and maintain sound fiscal policies. 

"Lasell's major accomplishments are the 
result of a collective effort by each and every 
member of the Cabinet. And, of course, I credit 
Tom de Witt with most of the success. He has giv- 
en us the space to succeed in our respective areas. 
My contributions include assisting the College in 
evolving into a fiscally sound institution, the 
completion of three bond issues which have 
enabled us to develop the physical plant and facil- 
ities, and assisting with the development and 
ongoing financial management of Lasell Village. 

"The College is still relatively small and, 
therefore, fragile. We need to continue to build 
the endowment — it is our life's blood. We must 
continue to seek alternative sources of revenues. 
We need to continue to build mutually beneficial 
partnerships. We must keep our name in the 
public's eye. And, finally, we must do what we 
profess to do, and we must do it really well." 

James Wingardner 


Title: Executive Director of Lasell Village 

Undergraduate degree: B.S., New Hampshire 

Began at Lasell: August 1999 

"It has been so gratifying to 
see the growth of connection 
between Lasell Village and 
the College. I look forward 
to the new graduate 
program as a valuable 
resource to Lasell Village, 
especially its connection 
to our community. " 

"I became involved with Lasell originally 
as an employee of developer CareMatrix, and 
making the transition to working for Lasell, with 
its unique philosophy of management, has been 
an interesting and rewarding experience. The 
measure of how fully Lasell Village is embraced 
into the life of Lasell College is demonstrated by 
my inclusion as an active member of the Cabinet. 
The process of integration has been a gratifying 
one, benefiting both the College and the Village, 
and infusing all of us who have worked together 
to create this imique alliance with enormous 
energy and pride. 

"We are so proud of the fact that the Village 
transcends the retirement /nursing home model 
and anticipates trends in the elderly population, 
keeping Lasell Village on the cutting edge. To date, 
the very successful, sold-out Lasell Village is the 
only college-owned and managed continuous care 
retirement commimity (CCRC) with a continued 
learning requirement for residents. With its 
success, I expect others to follow, but we clearly 
have established the standards for those who 
will follow. 

"The Cabinet has many talented individuals 
with vast experience in managing small colleges 
and a rich history at Lasell College. 1 find our time 
spent together a valuable tool in which to share 
ideas and work on issues at hand. Our collabora- 
tions are stimulating and thought-provoking. 
But most important, they yield positive results. 

"The Village is composed of 162 independent 
living apartments and a 44-bed skilled nursing 
facility. Each of the 14 Village buildings includes 
a classroom, fitness facility or studio devoted to 
the integration of intellectual growth, creative 
development, and physical wellness. Lasell 
Village also hosts the Elderhostel-affiliated Lasell 
College Institute for Learning in Retirement, 
and the new Lasell College Center for Research 
on Aging and Intergenerational Studies 
(see story on page 1). >*■ 

Elizabeth Winter 


SPRING 2002 

Campus Construction & Changes Continue 


have become a natural sight even as the sound of earthmovers heaving and redistributing 
space has become part of the ambient noise of everyday life at the College. As Lasell's 
growth continues, physical changes to the campus are the necessary response. 

With the rise in J?^*" 

student admissions, 
new dormitory space 
has become an imme- 
diate necessity. The 
opening of Seminary 
Suites in October 
marked the beginning 
of change on Bragdon 
Hill. Further down the 
street, the carriage 
house and garage 
adjacent to Eager 
House were removed 
in order to make way 
for another 56-bed residence haU. 

More students mean a higher demand for 
parking spaces and a new 45-space lot in front of 
Van Winkle and McClelland on Woodland Road 
was completed this fall. The CoUege re-landscaped 
the site very attractively, so that the cars are 
screened from the road by stands of trees. More 
parking is planned for the Bragdon Hill area. 

Taylor Field has also been under construction. 
After the completion of Grellier Field, the NCAA 
enlarged the size specifications of a regulation 
soccer field. As a result, several nationally-ranked 
colleges would not play our teams at home, nor 
was Lasell technically eligible to host play-off 
games. The result has been the enlargement of 
Taylor Field, which now will be able to acconuno- 

date both soccer and softball. ^ Construction is underway for the new Eager House. 

Lasell Inn Welcomes Public 
at New Location 

Street, opened its doors to the public. "We had a lot of w^ork to do, starting with the roof, 
the kitchen, and all the decorating details, but vv^e're very pleased with the result," says 
Ellen LaBelle, chair of the Hospitality, Travel /Tourism Administration Department (HTA). 

Jordan Marsh originally built the Inn as a lodge 
when its warehouse was located across the street. 
Lasell purchased the property when Village con- 
struction became a reality, and the historic nature of 
the house gives the Bed and Breakfast a vmique and 
appealing character. The period details have been 
lovingly restored and the wood paneling, fireplaces, 
and leaded windows all add to the New England 
architectural ambiance. 

Under the supervision of resident innkeeper 
Mark Hannigan, students are responsible for operat- 
ing the B & B. "If s a wonderful tool for preparing 
students for the hospitality industry," says Ellen. 
"Our inn-keeping practica give students both back- 
of-the-house and front-of-the-house experience. 
They are responsible for every aspect, from house- 
keeping, to reservations, to guest accounting." 

"The HTA students are not the only ones to 
benefit from the Inn as a learning tool," explains 
Dr. Brewer Doran, dean of the School of Business & 
Information Technology. "It serves as a resource for 
many departments. Accounting students work with 
the books, interior design students apply their tal- 

The Lasell Inn hangs out its shingle at a new address. 

ents to the decoration of the rooms, and marketing 
students are thinking of ways in which to promote 
the B & B. If s a true example of connected learning." 

There are a number of new ideas perking on 
how to expand the use of the Inn. "The first floor 
space has already served as a spot for a faculty /staff 
get-together and we are exploring ways for the 
Village to benefit from it as well," says Dean Doran. 
"An advantage of proximity to the Village is that Inn 
guests can arrange for guest passes at the Village 

continued on page 8 

Help Desk 

major changes for the Information 
Technology Department. "Most 
important is the establishment of a 
Help Desk in the Computer Center 
which will be the frontline support for 
faculty, staff, and student computer 
and telephone problems," explains 
Director Deborah Gelch. 

IT staff members (left to right) Jonathan Gorham, 
Karyu Sousa, Cathy Kidd, and Tammy Godin. 

Tammy Godin, the primary Help Desk 
consultant says, " The new system brings the 
whole team together. Having someone to 
field questions gives the rest of the staff time 
to work and complete projects that are on 
their desks. The students have also been very 
receptive. They know there is someone there 
for immediate help or, if the problem can't 
be fixed immediately, they know, at least, 
when it will be fixed." 

"Having the Help Desk has been great 
for everyone," concurs Jonathan Gorham, 
who knows the ins and outs of the College's 
desktops and telephone system. "Prior to the 
Help Desk, we would find that several of us 
were working on the same problems, which 
was not efficient. Now the users are happy 
that they have a place to go and we can each 
focus on our area of expertise." 

New mother and Manager of User 
Services, Karyn Sousa, finds that she is able 
to handle both w^ork and baby Samantha. 
"Each requires a different part of the brain," 
she smiles. "Sometimes I think if s easier 
coming to work than taking care of her," 
she teases. 

Karyn trains the student lab assistants, 
schedules their time, and maintains the 
labs. . . and then goes home to Samantha. 

Two other key players are Richard 
Marshall, who keeps the College's systems 
going when everyone goes home, and 
Stephen Smith, who manages the CoUege 
network behind the scenes. ^ 


SPRING 2002 


Learning at Lasell 

In an ambitious, refocused 

emphasis on academic life at Lasell, 
Vice President of Academic Affairs Jim 
Ostrow is centering his attention on a 
productive, project-focused, progressive 
view of learning across all programs. 

"By 'connected learning' we refer to those 
activities through which students appreciate 
the value emd relevance of what they experi- 
ence in school beyond school," Dr. Ostrow 
explains. "Lasell College intends for students 
to be so engaged with academic subject mat- 
ter that learning matters more than meeting 
course requirements and earning grades. 

"We believe students should value their 
education as more than what John Dewey 
calls something 'received and left behind.' We 
believe that academic engagement is of central 
importance in contemporary education. The 
key is that students are 'connected' to actual 
situations, problems, issues, and events 
through exploration and reflection. f 

"Many of the existing and planned initia- 
tives in academics, student life, and faculty 
development center upon a project-focused 
approach to education, where student 
imagination and energy is engaged beyond 
the walls of the classroom while linked to 
reflective activity within the classroom," 
Dr. Ostrow continues. 

"As Lasell College has transformed itself 
into a traditional-age, baccalaureate, and now 
also master's degree level institution, it has 
also strived to inspire students to develop 
dispositions toward and the competence to 
understand, explore, analyze, and articulate 
the meaning of their environment. We also 
want our faculty to experience academic life 
as continuously stimulating, challenging, and 
supportive of intellectual development. 




gym or use the VUlage food service to order 
evening meals." 

The future possibilities are vast and 
exciting, and as more people stay at the Inn, 
the word will be out about its distinctive 
comfort and charm. 

To reach the Inn, call (617) 965-8725 or 
email Make your 
reservations early! >*• 

The Inn is Op 


Donahue Institute & Center for Community- 
Based Learning Move Under Same Roof 

Learning and the Donahue Institute are both installed in their new quarters at 155 
Woodland Avenue, Plummer House. "It's wonderful to have the space and to have both 
centers, which support each other's efforts, under the same roof, keeping us in daily touch 
and making it easy to brainstorm," says Dr. Sharyn Lowenstein, director of the Center. 

Both Dr. Lowenstein and Dr. Tessa LeRoux, 
director of the Donahue Institute for Public Life 
and Values, arrived at Lasell this fall. "I spent 
last semester getting to know people on campus 
and familiarizing myself with the history of the 
Institute," explains Dr. LeRoux. "I reviewed its 
original intent and saw what programs had been 
successful in the past. The Institute's mission 
dovetails with the Center's work. The Institute 
brings awareness of social issues to campus 
while the Center is the active element, engaging 
students in activities." 

Dr. LeRoux sees a strong speaker series as 
a way of encouraging both faculty and student 
involvement. "I hope to have a speaker per 
semester and to make it a public event, inviting 
the surrounding Newton community. The 
Institute will continue with forunis, such as we 
had after September 11, to foster discussion in 
response to current events. On a smaller scale, 
we have begun 'Brown Bag' discussions at 
lunch. Recently we sponsored one in conjunction 
with the Counseling Center that focused on 
gender issues." 

Sharyn Lowenstein, Molly DeStafney and Tessa LeRoux 
meet in their new Plunimer House home. 

Members of Lasell's America Reads program gather at the 
Farragut School in Boston. 

Members of the faculty have contacted Dr. 
LeRoux with speaker ideas and this is just what 
she hopes for. "I see my role as that of a facilitator. 
I am delighted when I am approached by faculty 
and students regarding topics they would like 
to see presented. The issues that we bring up 
for discussion should be an extension of the 
classroom. The Institute benefits from its 
academic environment. It can't just be an extra," 
continues Dr. LeRoux. 

The Center for Community-Based Learning 
(formerly known as the Center for Public Service) 
also works as an extension of the classroom and 
reflects Lasell's emphasis on connected learning 
by developing opportunities through community 
project-focused education. "Faculty members are 
integrating service learning into their curricula 

and making the experience an enrichment of the 
course material," explains Dr. Lowenstein. 

Three agencies that Lasell has developed 
ties with are the Girl Scouts, Second Step, a transi- 
tional woman's shelter for survivors of abuse, and 
Boston Partners in Education, an organization that 
serves as a liaison for placing volunteers within 
Boston public schools. "I see wonderful opportu- 
nities for my students there," says Ruth Joseph, 
chair of the Education Department. 

Lasell Village also partners with the College 
in connected learning and the intergenerational 
give-and-take is irreplaceable. 

"When I arrived at Lasell the environment 
was poised for a geared-up Center and I found 
that the students on this campus are passionate 
about service," continues Dr. Lowenstein. Molly 
DeStafney, Lasell's Massachusetts Campus 
Compact (MACC) AmeriCorps VISTA volimteer 
can testify to this. Molly has been involved in 
numerous projects, but by far the largest program 
is America Reads. 

This huge and well-loved literacy program 
was a Clinton initiative and uses federal work 
study money to pay college students to tutor chil- 
dren who have fallen behind in reading. Last fall 
30 students gave four to five hours a week 
and tutored children at the MacArthur School 
in Waltham and the Farragut School in Boston. 
The Lasell students are trained before they 
are matched with a child to tutor twice a week. 

An event that met with unprecedented suc- 
cess was The Giving Tree, a campus-wide holiday 
drive. "I could barely get into my office, it was so 
full of toys," laughs Molly. "I wasn't sure what to 
expect, but I was so impressed by the students' 
generosity. Not only did we receive quality 
clothing items, but we had barrels and bags full 
of gifts for children." 

The Plummer House team is clearly passion- 
ate about what they are doing and the response 
and involvement they are getting is beginning to 
swell. The more voices and perspectives are 
heard, the richer and more encompassing the 
learning experience will be. *• 



SPRING 2002 

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Davis Educational Foundation Funds 
Open Many Doors for Faculty 

tool at Lasell College has been greatly enhanced by funding provided by the Davis 
Educational Foundation. Faculty members have quickly responded to the varied profes- 
sional development opportunities offered to them through a combination of workshops, 
one-to-one training opportunities, drop-in conferences, as well as the multi-day summer 
and winter can\ps. 

In Jiine 2001, 14 faculty members spent four 
days of their summer vacation attending 
The Art of Using Technology as a Teaching and 
Learning Tool. 

Participants had their choice of workshops 
that focused on software, information, communi- 
cation, and hardware technologies. Each day 
began with coffee and conversation followed by 
two workshop sessions, lunch and pedagogical 
discussions, and ended with two afternoon work- 
shops. Plans are currently underway for the 2002 
summer camp. 

In addition to camp offerings, there has been 
a concentrated effort to provide pedagogical and 
technical support to faculty on a number of levels 
in small group, peer-to-peer, or large group 
settings on campus. 

Faculty have received pedagogical support as 
they develop learning-centered technological tools 
in the form of CD-ROMs, online forums, class- 
room presentations, and digital videos. 

Technological support as they develop data- 
base tools, transform overhead transparencies to 
digital images, download administrative software 
documents, upload classroom documents to 
online format, and download course materials to 
network folders is also being made available. 

Faculty have received administrative support 
as they apply for stipends and grants to develop 
technological learning tools. 

Faculty members have shared their technolog- 
ical expertise with one another through work- 
shops, roundtable discussions, and professional 
development sessions, as well the first annual 
Faculty Technology Showcase. The Showcase 

Associate Professor and Director of Academic Computing, 
Linda Bruenjes. 

provided faculty with the opportunity to observe 
firsthand how their peers are using computers to 
engage students in the learning process. 

During the first half of the three-year Davis 
Educational Foundation grant period, faculty 
members from a number of disciplines — 
Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Education, 
English, Commrmications, Business, Accounting, 
Fashion Retail and Design, Hotel Travel Admin- 
istration, Mathematics, Foreign Language, 
Science — took advantage of professional devel- 
opment opportunities that have been primarily 
focused on a number of teacher-centered techno- 
logical tools. During the second half of this grant 
period, the focus will be on the development of 
student-centered teaching tools designed to fur- 
ther engage students in the learning process. »- 

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Lasell's 2002 Winter Technology Camp 
for faculty and staff, which was sponsored 
by the RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and 
Learning Center, was a resounding success. 

According to the program's instructor, 
Richard Dodd, "Feedback was positive 
and attendance was impressive." 

Seven courses were offered, most of 
them on two different days. Some 40 
people enrolled, 21 faculty and 19 staff. **■ 





Student Resident 
Assistants Receive 
Raves for Their 
Hard Work 

Resident Assistants (RAs) on campus who 
form the backbone of resident hall living. 

"Their job is to see that their resident hall 
is a healthy, happy and safe corrmiunity, safe 
both physically and emotionally," explains 
Robin Smedick, assistant director of residen- 
tial life / resident director. "RAs are the num- 
ber one student resource on campus for oth- 
er students." 

Standing by his portrait, Marjorie Westgate Doran 
'37 and President de Witt dedicate the Doran 
Computer Lab, on December 1, 2001, in honor of 
A. Benedict Doran. 

RAs Nicole Imbriano, Victor Cipolla, Amanda 
Frenette, and Mary Smyth take a moment off during 
their summer training. 

Students apply for the RA position in the 
spring, and are selected after a series of 
group and individual interviews. "We find 
that the students who apply want to make a 
difference on campus. They want to see posi- 
tive changes happen," says Robin. "RAs 
must be strong academically because their 
job is time consuming, and they must bal- 
ance their responsibilities with their studies. 
Not only are they involved daily with the 
students on their floor, but each semester the 
RAs must also plan eight community-based 
programs, which range from group study 
nights, to discussions on topics such as 
relationship violence." 

This has been a particularly challenging 
year for the RAs and the residential staff 
because last August, when training began, 
almost everyone was new to Lasell. "Both 
Robin and I had just arrived," explains Heidi 
Gruss, who is assistant director of student 
activities /residential director. "Two of the 
three part-time residential directors were 
new, and it was the first time for all but five 
or six of the RAs. But this is an incredibly 
good-spirited bunch that have all gone above 
and beyond what their positions require." 

RA Appreciation Day was held this 
February to recognize these hard-working 
students. ^ 

SPRING 2002 




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College Creates Center for Research on 
Aging and Intergenerational Studies 

In a move to further the quality of life for older adults through 

research, community partnerships, and teaching focused on aging, lifelong learning, and 
intergenerational programs, the College has announced the creation of the Center for 
Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies (CRAIS). 

Additionally, a research center was a require- 
ment of the 1991 Agreement for Judgement 
between Lasell College and the City of Newton. 
Specifically, "research programs involving the res- 
idents of Lasell Village shall be coordinated by a 
research center located on the Village's campus," 
Dean Panchuck explains. 

"The purpose of the Lasell College Center for 
Research on Aging and Intergenerational Studies 
is to blend the focus on intergenerational studies 
of the 1990 CIS description with the proposed 
exploration of broader issues in aging in the 1991 

Included among the new Center's objectives are: 

• To convene regularly scheduled conferences, 
lectures, workshops and symposia on aging 

• To disseminate timely information related to 
aging and an older population through its 
Web site, polling institute, and marketing 
advisory council 

• To conduct and facilitate research studies ini- 
tiated by Lasell College and Lasell Village 
faculty, staff, and students in both the under- 
graduate and graduate programs 

"The Center will provide an extraordinary 
opportunity for our faculty, students, and Village 
residents to engage and collaborate in research 
programs of their own design, as well as those 
conducted by medical centers, visiting scholars, 
and accredited educational institutions other 
than Lasell College," explains Village Dean, 
Dr. Paula Panchuck. 

The Center is designed to complement the edu- 
cational program and mission of Lasell Village, 
sponsored and managed by LaseU CoUege. The 
Center will also support the elder care and market- 
ing concentrations of LaseU's recentiy announced 
master's degree program (see story pg. 1). 

"A research center had first been proposed in 
the December 1990 Report of the Committee on 
Intergenerational Studies to the Board of Trustees, 
the first 'master plan' for Lasell Village," says Dr. 
Panchuck. "That plan proposed a Center for 
Intergenerational Studies (CIS), which would 
engage in research on age-appropriate activities, 
lifestyles, and proactive wellness programs to 
extend our limited knowledge about the elderly." 

Intergenerational experiences happen both inside and 
outside the classroom at Lasell. 

• To support scholars and research groups from 
outside the Lasell College community who 
wish to conduct studies on the full continuum 
of elderly people, from healthy seniors living 
in the community to those living in long-term 
care facilities 

• To promote collaborative research with other 

• To provide consultant services on topics relat- 
ed to aging, lifelong learning, and intergenera- 
tional programs 

The Center for Research on Aging and 
Intergenerational Studies will be housed at Lasell 
Village under the supervision of the Center's 
Director, who will be responsible for developing 
programs that promote the Center's mission, 
including securing and managing grants from 
corporate, foundation, and government sources. »- 

A Conversation with Shawn Powers, 

Executive Chef of the Lasell Village Dining Room 

experience. The residents at Lasell Village are especially fortunate to have an executive chef 
of Shawn Powers' caliber, who is both a student of culinary science and craftsman of its art. 

An intriguing concoction of humility, curiosi- 
ty, talent, and creativity, Shawn Powers clearly 
relishes his post at Lasell Village. "Lasell Village 
is a wonderfully unique professional endeavor," 
says Powers. "Here, I have an enormous amount 
of creative freedom that affords my staff and me 
the opportunity to provide the Village residents 
a range of dining experiences." 

A 1990 graduate of the Culinary Institute of 
America (CIA), Powers has spent the last 10 years 
in the food service industry, building his resume 
to achieve executive chef status. Hearing about 
an opportunity at Lasell Village through a friend. 
Powers readily accepted the newly created 
position in lune of 2000, realizing his dream of 
becoming executive chef. 

"I started washing pots at age 16, working my 
way up to steward at an assisted living facility, " 
recalls Powers." Coincidentally, 15 years later, I'm 
in it again." After an introduction to the food ser- 
vice business by a supportive mentor. Powers 
determined that he wanted to pursue a career as a 
chef. "My first boss in the food service business 

made it fun for me. He started showing me little 
things in the kitchen, and I enjoyed it. I knew by 
my junior year that I wanted to be a chef, so I 
enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America." A 
native of Winchester, Massachusetts, Powers 
explored his options before deciding on CIA. "I 
applied to four other schools, but one of the cooks 
I worked with recommended CIA as one of the 
best programs for aspiring chefs." 

In the rigorous two-year program, CIA stu- 
dents spend 22 months in the classroom, and four 
months in an internship. "There is a set curriculum 
at CIA, where you learn every aspect from the 
'front of the house to the back,' in the parlance of 
a true restaurateur. The students are immersed 
in every aspect of food service management 
including wine and spirits, cost control, nutrition, 
and sanitation." 

Following graduation, the first career step is 
often working for a major hotel. They serve as a 
hands-on training ground for many CIA gradu- 
ates. "While the training and experience is great, 
the downside when you start in the hotel industry 

Chef Shawn Powers working miracles at the stove. 

is that you work long hours, all the holidays, and 
after a few years, most just burn out. But profes- 
sionally, you learn to deal with an unimaginable 
number of service issues." 

After a stint with a major hotel. Powers 
accepted a position with the then Plaza Dining 
Room at the Copley Hotel. "I started with salads 
and desserts, reporting to the Garde Manager, 
then I was promoted to poissonier — responsible 
for incorporating all the fresh seafood into the 
menu. At the Copley, we had lots of creative 
freedom. The boss encouraged staff input, and 
the specials reflected this input and energy." 

For the past five years. Powers went on to hone 
his culinary talents, serving as a sous chef, the posi- 
tion responsible for carrying out the chef's visiori, at 
the Sheraton ITT Property, and then at the Omni 
Parker House. 

continued on page 11 



SPRING 2002 


EDITOR'S NOTE: In the interest of protecting the privacy of our alumni, it is the policy 
of the Alumni Affairs Office not to divulge alumni addresses, e-mail addresses or phone 
numbers unless it has been verified that the request is from another alumnus. 

The content of Class Notes is based on material submitted to LaseU College's Alumni 
Office. Due to the large number of submissions, LaseU is unable to verify the factual content 
of each entry and is not responsible for erroneous material. 

Because of the possibility of unexpected changes, in general, we do not publish future 
events, but will be delighted to announce weddings and those events that have already 
taken place. 

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Florence Boehmcke Edmondson is living in a 
retirement home on HUton Head Island, SC. 


Katherine Kelley Gaul writes, "The new plans for 
Lasell are exciting. The best of everything to Lasell." 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

Upset that the last Lasell Leaves had no mention of the 
Class of 1927, Elizabeth Selkirk Chipps writes, "I'm in a 
retirement village with aU the 'old people,' am as weU as 
can be expected at 95, and keep busy." 


Marjorie Parrish Green celebrated her 92nd birthday. 
She lives alone in a condo in Marysville, OH. She has 
"three wonderful children, six grandchildren and six 


Ruth Rohe Smith says, "I missed getting to the Boston 
area the last two years. HeUo to my classmates. I would 
love to hear from you. I cherish my memories of Lasell." 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

From Bette Andrews York: "At 88 there is no exciting 
news, but my son and daughter-in-law celebrated my 
birthday with me." 

"Greetings to the Class of '33. Am happy and weU, 
appropriate to my age," writes Amorette Larchar Skilton. 

"Now that my husband is in his 90's and I am in my 
late 80' s, we are living with my daughter and son-in-law," 
writes Jean Murphy Aneda. 


Turning 87 and still driving a car, Marjorie Jones 
Joslyn plays bridge, sings in her church choir, makes 
flower arrangements, and exercises. She has three children, 
seven grandchildren and two "great-grands," all living in 
other states, but visiting often. 


Denise Gile Arnold writes, "I still have great memories 
of Lasell and the Class of '35. What a super group." 

Barbara Ordway Brewer submitted the following poem 
entitied "To Maida on her Birthday" in memory of her 
friend Maida Cardwell Atwood. 

Your hair was curly. 

My hair was not. 

We both wore knit snowsuits 

With matching hats. 

Yours had a white fur collar and muff. 

Mine did not. 

Your doll carriage was neat. 

Mine was — well higgley piggley. 

You came to my 3rd birthday party. 

My mother was pregnant. 

Your mother was not. 

I had a brother named David 

You had a "brother" named Bob 

and a sister named Dot. 

You had a cat named Dizzy /DumbeU 

I had a cat named Pajamas. 

Your father went to Heaven, 

My father worked at Lasell. 

He was big and you were scared of him. 

We both went to Williams School. 

We each had our private corner atop the billboards. 

Where we watched the trains go by. 

I don't know how we got up there. 

You moved to Great Neck, 

But you came back to Fern Street. 

We both went to Lasell. 

I slept on the crack between your bed and Anne's, 

When we took our caps and gowns. 

You edited the school magazine, 

I was on a crew and wrote the class prophesy. 

Katharine Peck Dietler is looking forward to being 
back in Charlotte, NC. She writes, "Talk to Puff every so 
often. Play a little golf. Best to all." 


Our sincere condolences to Dorothy Paine Chaucer on 
the death of her eldest son in March 2001. Dorothy spends 
much of her time with her two sons and friends. 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

Barbara Bumham Rice writes, "I'm living up here in 
Indiana to be near my family. It is good to see them often." 

From Locust Grove, VA, Anne Campbell Terrill 
reports, "My outdoor activities are slowing down. 
Hopefully, I will catch up on the inside jobs and letters." 
Anne is busy with garderung, her children and grand- 
children and her Bible study group. "We have many extra 
prayers since the dreadful attacks on New York and D.C." 
She spends time in Florida during the winter months. 

From Charlottesville, VA, Virginia Wright Church 
remembers Lasell Junior College. "I walked to the college 
and went home for lunch. It was the time of the depression. 
I still write to Libby Wisdom, who introduced me to my 
husband." Virginia continues, "1 can't keep up with Anne 
Campbell Terrill, but I have traveled to most of the states. 
Virginia has one son, two grandchildren and paints wood- 
en objects as a hobby. 


Arlene Wishart Sylvester 

82 Woodland Road, Auburndale, MA 02466-2332 

Penny DeLaney Ogrinz writes: 

"We gave the coach to our wonderful son. 
Now Russ and family have traveling fun. 
We enjoyed RV'ing for 23 years. 
We gave it up with a few salty tears. 
Time flew by, but our memories are bright. 
We feel our lives have been played quite right. 
We're at home and feeling just fine. 
Feeding the birds and watching them dine." 

Dorothy Keyes says hello to all in the Class of '38. 

Our sincere condolences to Betsy Bassett Wells whose 
husband died last year, to Harriet Newcomb Stoughton, 
whose husband died in October, and to Audrey Slawson 
Drake on the death of her husband, Elliott. 


Jean Aljoe Buurman and her husband Clarence have 
always been involved in community projects in GreenviUe, 
SC. Her friends at Meals on Wheels and the Greenville 
Literacy Association are glad to see her back after a battle 
with liver cancer. 

Jeanne Daniels Wheeler and her husband are 82 and 
83 years respectively. She still enjoys spending summers in 
Wells, ME, as she has done for over 40 years. Jeanne has 
two great-granddaughters. 

Jane Robinson Williams moved to The Villages in 

Frances Shepard Pilkington sold her home in 
Mansfield, MA, and moved to an assisted-Uving facility 
in the same town. She writes, "I enjoy playing bridge and 
taking group trips. I still spend six months in Sarasota, FL." 


"I had a wonderful visit with my roommate, Ruth 
Fulton Rardin," writes Elizabeth Carlisle Holmberg. 

"We went to all the 150th events." 

Our sincere wishes for good health to Margaret Gibb 
Jackson who has had some complications from knee 

"Same old, same old," writes Sybil Hartley Eshbach, 
"but am enjoying the good life with family and friends." 

Helen Woodward Fassett keeps busy as a volunteer 
at the Red Cross, her church, and at a convalescent home. 
She has a new great-granddaughter. 


Virginia DeNyse 

77 Crosslands Drive, Kennett Square, PA 19348-2012 

Mary Elizabeth Allen Ryan has this to say about their 
trip to South Africa: "We saw lots of animals. It was quite 
an experience." 

We were sorry to hear that Geraldine Bixby Averill's 
husband, Charles, died in December 2001. 

Marion Fitts Sternkopf enjoys traveling "whether by 
sea, plane, car or bus. Have covered a great many places in 
the world and have plans for the future." 


Class Notes 

To Jacqueline Lander Schofield, we were sorry to hear 
that her husband passed away in June 2001. Jacqueline still 
goes back and forth between Florida and the Cape. She 
plays golf, tennis and bridge, "Not like in the old days, but 
I'm still out there." 

Our sincere condolences to Virginia Whalen Petrie on 
the death of her husband in February 2001. 



MAY 17-19, 2002 

Our sincere condolences to Jean Barnes-Butts whose 
husband died suddenly last year. 

Doris Bracher Jenkins is "trying to maintain some 
semblance of good health despite breathing troubles." She 
just had a second great-grandson and will try to get up 
north to see him after the winter. 

Jessie Dobson Salmon spent last summer in 
Connecticut and the United Kingdom. She has three great- 
grandchildren and hopes to make it to her 60th reunion. 

We were sorry to hear that Doris Leach Almeida and 
Beatrice Lewis Potter recently lost their husbands. 

Still living in Lake Worth, FL, at a golf community, 
Elaine Robins Albert writes, "I am playing golf, bridge 
and enjoying my life here." 

"Looking forward to renewing the wonderful friend- 
ships I made at Lasell at our 60th reunion," writes Barbara 
Rockwell Carlstrand. 

"I am looking forward to my 60th reunion in May," 
writes Noel Temple Manning, "and hope to see old 
friends." Noel and her husband moved to a retirement 
community this past year. 

Jean Walters Goble is looking forward to her 60th 
reunion in May and "can't believe the years have gone 
by so quickly." Jean is busy with church, bridge, children, 
grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter. 


Our sincere condolences to LaVeme Atno Olson whose 
husband died in January 2001. LaVeme enjoys retirement. 
She quilts, paints, cross-stitches, and plays bridge and 

"After traveling our beautiful country for a few years/' 
writes Margaret Bosworth Logee, "I am happy in our 
home in smaU-town Woodstock, CT." Margaret spends 
time with her six children, 15 grandchildren and three 

Frances Chiwch Deering wiil celebrate her 80th birth- 
day in 2002. She says, "I walk two miles every day and 
play bridge. 1 had to give up tennis because of my arthritis. 
My youngest grandson was married in September 2001." 

Writes Virginia CoUins Canavan, "I was on a cruise 
to Alaska when I heard of the terrible news of the planes 
flying into the World Trade Center." 

Priscilla Spence Hall keeps busy with singing and art, 
"and my sheltie dog keeps me happy." 

Jane Timm Engle is looking forward to her grand- 
daughter's wedding. 


Jean Campbell 

84 Laurel Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719 

Our sincere condolences to Jacqueline Campbell 
Lumbard on the death of her husband. 

Eleanor Laing Greenhalgh-Kilty feels fortunate to live 
in Chatham, MA, and still work for the town's building 
department. She takes care of her husband during her 
non-working hours. 

"I've been a decent at the Worcester Art Museum (MA) 
for many years. I'd love to hear from anyone interested in a 
tour," writes Elfreda Reck Dubin. Elfreda loves gardening 
and swims several times a week. She wonders, "Where 
have the years gone?" 

We were sorry to hear that Ann Scott Peal's husband 
died in February 2002. 


Jane Calderwood Price moved from Savannah, GA, 
to Amelia Island Plantation, FL, and "loves it." 

Marjorie Olson Bjork writes, "May peace be with 
us aU." 

Our sincere condolences to Doris WLnkemeier 
Dief f enbach on the death of her husband in July. Doris 
writes, "1 will stay in upstate New York as my daughter 
and her family live across the road. Hi to everybody." 

Lynn Blodgettt Williamson 

60 Ledgelaiun Avenue, Lexington, MA 02420-3449 

Raemary Chase Duryea plays a lot of golf and loves 
to travel. 

Our condolences to Mildred Day Clements whose 
aunt, Dorothy Day Funk '33, died in October 2000. 
Mildred writes, "1 am busy working and visiting nearby 
grandchildren. Hope all is well with my classmates." 

Jean Watson Wetrich has two great-granddaughters. 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

After years of recording her thoughts about her adven- 
tures in the remote northern Maine woods, Betty Carter 
Steele compiled them in a self-published book. On becom- 
ing a published writer, Betty says, "A little luck has to 
come into the picture. You just write. You have to love the 
creative process. Otherwise, don't bother." 

Millicent Entwistle Crawford is retired and enjoying 
life on the coast of Maine. She says, "I have many happy 
memories of my two years at LaseU." Millicent has two 

The last issue of Leaves incorrectly reported Mary-Ida 
Hanson Olson traveling to Ireland. Instead, she was in 
Iceland. Since then she has been to Peru. She writes, 
"1 never thought I'd be climbing in the Andes. I have 
also been lucky to visit Cuba. A great experience." 

Our sincere condolences to Barbara Stickle Mode on 
the death of her husband, Philip, in December. 

Priscilla Stone Hird continues to be in good health 
and enjoys winters in Florida and summers on Lake 
Wirmipesaukee, NH. 

Nancy Stupak Parker is enjoying life in a retirement 
commimity in Brunswick, ME. She hopes one of her six 
grandchildren will attend Lasell. 

Says Phyllis Sykes Brown, "Four children, 12 grand- 
children, and a cancer survivor. Life couldn't be better." 

Frances Oden Werly is happy she moved to Maine 
and "can stiU chase 2-year-old twins and their 4-year-old 

Jane Upton Patten is retired, has a lung problem, but 
is in no pain. Her outlook: "My husband and I are happy 
to be together. Life is beautiful. Love, family and friends 
make it that way. I think of Lasell often. Our daughter, 
Sandra Perkins Jones '65 attended Lasell and loved it." 


Elaine Burrell King's granddaughter. Amber King, is a 
sophomore at Lasell. Elaine says, "Amber is most enthusi- 
astic about Lasell, her classes and activities." 

Martha Kennedy IngersoU had a good year and has 
many fond memories of Lasell. She says, "I would love to 
hear from any Ohio altxmnae." 

Ann Myers Beck is enjoying her new condo. "Having 
one floor is great after having three!" 

Still enjoying New Hampshire life in the foothills of the 
White Mountains is June Smith Noreen. 


Nancy Lawson Donahue 

52 Belmont Avenue, Lowell, MA 01852-2865 

September 2001 Cruisemates (L to R): Jean DiCiorgio 
Buchanan '62 and Nancy Curtis Grellier '49. 

"At age 72, 1 finally have my first grandchild. He's 
gorgeous," writes Priscilla Aldrich Randell. 

Corinne Capone McGuiggan was heading to Florida 
in February and expecting to see Libby Harrington Logan 
and Josephine Hickey Sanborn in Clearwater. 

Nancy Curtis Grellier met up with alums all during 
the year 2001. "The big event, the 150th birthday, was such 
fun. So many alums from far and wide. It was nice to see 
them all. I made a short but terrific visit to my roommate, 
Evelyn Frye White. In May Helen Hamilton Croot and her 
husband joined us for a reminiscing diiuier. In the summer 
I discovered that Sheila Cronin Sullivan was the class of 
1957. And Barbara Potier Grey and I had our annual lunch 
on Nantucket." In summary Nancy says, "It was just super 
seeing and meeting all these folks." 

Martha Hurd Davenport was looking forward to 
seeing all nine grandchildren over the holidays. 

"My roommate. Norma Pickett Wise, came out for two 
weeks and as usual we had a great time," writes Vicky 
Stone Leary. Vicky has two great-grandsons. 

"Congratulations to Lasell and all the great accomplish- 
ments. I'm very proud of this grand college," writes Jane 
Wadhams Hazen. 

Jacqueline Word Stallings runs a Christian retreat cen- 
ter in North Carolina's sailing capital. 


Anita Angelus Koulopoulos and Jacqueline Paulding 
Hauser co-chaired a successful "Books in Bloom" flower 
show at the Sudbury, MA public library. 

Sally Hughes Fasick enjoyed a fun reunion on the 
Cape this past summer with Dorothy Goehring Rourke 
and Jime Handleman Gilmartin. 

Betty Jean Jones Bolton continues to work several days 
a week at a museum ia Wihnington, DE. 

"This has been a difficult year without Frank," v^rrites 
Elizabeth Kerrivan Davidson, "but family and friends are 
all loving." For Elizabeth, "a trip to the campus is a dream, 
soon to make come true." 

Marguerite Nahigian Sarkisian enjoyed an Alaskan 
cruise with all the amenities including "magnificent glaci- 
ers, snow-capped moimtains, totem poles, eagles, whales 
and sea lions." 

Our sincere condolences to Jean Ostrander Lowman 
on the loss of her mother. Jean retired from doing medical 
transcriptions. She writes, "Otherwise enjoying oixr friends, 
four grandchildren, and the Florida weather with my 
good-looking husband." 

Our sincere condolences to Jacqueline Paulding 
Hauser on the loss of her husband, George, in November. 

Joan Robilotto Gibson took two cruises — one from 
Singapore to Venice, the other from Copenhagen to Rome. 

Barbara Schnelle Orton is busy with her local Lioi\s 
Club. Her grandchildren range in age from 4 years to 22 

In good health, Astrid Selander Fowler still coordi- 
nates the Friendly Visitor Program for the elderly. Astrid 
and her husband spent a "delightful day" vdth Lois 
Schaller Toegemann and spouse. 

"Lasell news constantly amazes me. I 'itch' to visit and 
see the changes and hope to do so in 2002," writes Carolyn 
Snook Rauscher. Caroljm says that Jackie Paulding 
Hauser, who represents their class, does her job well. 
Carolyn lunched with Mary Claire Dodge Davis and visit- 
ed her sister Barbara Snook Haggerty's '48 roommate, 
Mary Detwiler Eicker '48. 


Kathleen Ballard Heck writes, "Lasell did a great job 
with our 50th reunion. My only wish was that more of our 
class had come. We sure did miss them. Even my husband 
enjoyed himself." 

Dorothy Delasco Sines celebrated her 50th anniversary 
writh a trip to Europe on the Orient Express and a party 
with her four children and six grandchildren. 

We were sorry to hear that Charles Kearney died in 
December 2001. He was Joan Kearney Cormay's brother 
and Edith Taccone Kearney's husband. 

Charlotte Kelley Campbell went on a choir trip to 
France this past summer, seeing Paris, Normandy and the 
Riviera. She has nine grandchildren. 

"1 keep in touch with Mary Jane White Miller," writes 
Cynthia Leibert Lay. "1 would love to hear from other 
classmates, especially Ro Wiles and Pat Voss. Where are 

Beverly Pink Reynolds writes, "It was a great reuiuon 
thanks to many of you and to Lasell. We also had a great 
time at Joan Kearney Cormay's pool party. The coldish 
weather did not inhibit our gay mood." 

Enjoying her busy life in Arizona, Elaine Quavillon 
Tull writes, "There is so much to see in this part of the 

Class Notes 


Sallyann Bartlett Abel married Norman Bassett in August 
R) Joyce Weitzel Flanagan '51, Virginia Bowers Noyes '48, 
Bassett '51, Alice Pittenger '51. 

country. It is a bit of a culture shock after living in New 
England for so many years. If you're in the area, please 
come visit." About reunion she says, "Wonderful and the 
class did us proud!" 

Peggyanne Riker Miller writes, "I was so sorry to have 
missed our 50th reunion. I was traveling in the Middle 
East. It was an incredible trip and a dream come true." 

"Certainly enjoyed the 50th reunion," writes Mary Jane 
White Miller. "I've just had a hip replacement so I'll be 
ready for our 55th." 

This has not been a good year for Janet Woodward 
Powers. She and her daughter are dealing with cancer. She 
writes, "Enjoy everyday, gals!" 

Janet Wyman Meade says, "Our 50th reunion was 
great. Since then I've been recovering from an operation. 
My best to all." 


MAY 17-1 9, 2002 

"Decided to retire in November after a successful battle 
against cancer," writes Jean Aslaksen Podimsky. "I am 
enjoying more time with friends and family. I realize I like 
playing more than working." 

Bemardine Gill Smith writes, "God bless your new 
year and America too!" 

Virginia Snedaker Marschall was looking forward to 
visiting her husband's relatives in Switzerland and spend- 
ing time in Germany where she lived for 12 years. 

Eleanor Sommer O'Keefe retired in 1995 after working 
43 years behind the scenes in television — 20 years at 
WBZ-TV (channel 4 Boston) and 23 years at WCVB-TV 
(channel 5 Boston). She writes, "They were interesting and 
fun-filled years. My Lasell education served me well." 
Eleanor is enjoying her leisure time, traveling extensively 
and keeping up with family and friends. "My best wishes 
to all my classmates, especially those from Belmont, MA, 
and to all the dayhops who made that daily trip to 
Aubumdale for classes and lunch breaks at the Barn. I 
hardly recognize the campus as it is now, but 50 years have 
passed. I can't believe it!" 

Muriel Webb Moyer is looking forward to a trip to 
Australia and New Zealand. 


Three "Lasell Girls" at Drake Island, Wells Beach, 
Maine. (L to R) Roslyn Rowell Levesque '52, Mary Lou 
Burke Alexander '53, Peg Thompson Wheatley '52. 

From Alaska, Dot Day Bardarson writes that she 
operates her art gaUery and markets her watercolor 
prints to other galleries. Married for 47 years, she has 
six grandchildren and four greats. 

Kathryn Dolan continues 
to volunteer at the New 
Hampshire State Prison for 

The events of September 
11th turned Mary Ann 
Donahue's New York City 
broadcast station 
(WNET/ Thirteen) upside 
down. "We pulled regular pro- 
grams, produced live events, 
hosted Red Cross emergency 
phone volunteers, offered out- 
reach resources. And while it's 
quieter now, things still change 
every day." 

"Another enjoyable stimmer 
in Maine," writes Elsie Knaus 
Klemt, "with the added treat of 
a reunion in the Adirondacks in 
August with roommate Sylvia 
Pfeif fer Nesslinger and her 

Helen Pearlstein Golden 
keeps in touch with her room- 
mate, Myma Pasternak Kahan, who lives just a few miles 
away, and with Marie Kaden. Helen says, "I have 
six grandkids who keep me busy." 

Virginia Wilder Melitz writes, "I was born in New 
York City. God bless America." Now living in Westlake 
Village, CA, she says, "We are glad we live here and will 
probably not move until we have to." 

2001. In attendance: (L to 
Sallyann Bartlet Abel- 


Hope Duguid Dauwalter enjoys traveling, volunteer- 
ing and visiting with friends. She traveled to Switzerland 
to see her son, and her daughter got married in June 2001. 

Thelma Greenberg Florin says, "I have five delicious 
grandchildren, and the best thing is they live 10 minutes 

Marilyn Hardacre Sell has a new grandchild. 

Faith Harvey Fisler is busy with volunteer work and 
her five grandchildren. 

"No changes this past year," writes Priscilla Head 
Davis, "and my grandchildren are growing up much too 
fast." Priscilla is spending some time in Florida this winter 
and planning a trip to the southwest. She loves living on 
the Cape. 

"Life is busy with nine grandchildren, three homes, 
golf, and travel, " writes Carole Mattucci Wall. "Would 
love to hear from old friends!" 

Our sincere condolences to Virginia Michelini Parks 
on the death of her father in October. Virginia's husband is 
improving from several strokes. They have lots of support 
from family. 

Frances Mitchell Sherman "has had a busy year." She 
attended a quilting show in Kentucky, visited the 
Oklahoma memorial, and is now working on World Trade 
Center memorial quilts. 

Lorraine Nelson Stevens is still living in Arlington, 
MA. Her youngest son was married in October. Lorraine 
has one 2-year-old grandson who is "a real keeper." 

Shirley Read Lupien is retired, has six grandchildren, 
and loves cruising. Her last cruise was from Copenhagen 
to Boston. 

Judith Stone Grabar had a wonderful trip to Alaska. 

Nancy Swanson Horsf ield keeps busy with church, 
community activities, and her 12 grandchildren. 

Our sincere condolences 
to Mary Patricia Wilson 
Kane whose husband died 
in October. 

ited Barbara Hammett Elkinton in New Hampshire. 
Barbara and her husband planned a return visit with them 
in New Zealand. Barbara writes, "Roommates and friends 

Lucille Marden Randall has four great-grandchildren. 
She enjoys her church choir and other church activities. 

From West Palm Beach, FL, Valerie Montanez Barto 
writes, "I would love to hear from anyone coming my 
way." Valerie is busy taking care of her husband. 


Martha Forristall Smith lives on Lake Sunapee, NH, 
and spends four months on Sanibel Island, FL. She just 
became the grandmother of twins and now has 8 grand- 
children. "I feel very blessed." 

Writes Katherine Mayo McAllister, "On September 
11th I was packing my bags to leave for my nephew's 
wedding in Switzerland. Wasn't able to make it to the 

Ann Pasquale Kibort enjoys traveling and keeping in 
touch with her five grandchildren. 

"I was pleased to be a part of the art show for the 150th 
celebration," writes Carol Phalen Swiggett, and enjoyed 
seeing Peggy Schwingel Kraft and other classmates. Carol 
was thrilled to watch her granddaughter and Betsy 
Belsterling Jordan's granddaughter hold hands while 
singing in a church choir. 

Writes Penny Raf kin Blake, "Had a fabulous time at 
our 45th reunion. It was wonderful seeing old classmates 
and renewing old friendships. Looking forward to our 

"I changed careers from retailing (my major at Lasell) 
to real estate," writes Nanci Sullivan Hancock, "and have 
enjoyed it for the last 25 years." Nanci is a Sr. V.P. at a 
Boston firm. 

Suzanne Wadsworth Jonas writes, "We had a wonder- 
ful visit with my classmate, Alicia Albright Leach, and her 
husband in the Pennsylvania Amish country. It was fun 
getting together again. Lasell friendships are forever." 

Janet Whitney Buck retired three years ago. She writes, 
"My husband and I travel extensively in our R.V. We have 
really seen this country, and it is wonderful. We have two 
grandchildren in the midwest, so we go there often." 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

From Rochester, NH, Ann Bidwell Sanborn writes, 
"Had a great year. Busy with golf. Can't wait to get warm 
and back to Naples, FL." 

Cynthia Clark Rose-Frazee divides her time between 
Florida (seven months) and New York (five months). She 
writes, "Added a golden retriever to our family. He keeps 
me busy." 

Eileen Conradi Lynch retired in January 2001, is look- 
ing for volunteer work, and is feeling better now that she 
has finished six months of chemo. She traveled to Alaska 
and is planning a trip to Provence, France. 

Lynn Johnson McCabe retired from teaching and owns 
a travel agency in Maryland. 

Writes Ramona Kean Lane, "Our four children have 
produced nine beautiful grandchildren." 

"Sorry I won't be with you at reunion," writes 
Elizabeth Liebewein Snyder, "but we'll be cruising the 
Panama Canal and other Caribbean ports. Have fun. I'll be 
thinking of you." Elizabeth still enjoys winters in Florida 
and summers in Maine. 


Our sincere condolences 
to Ruth- Alison Bastis on the 
death of her husband in 

Mary Lee Gowdy 
Belcourt is enjoying retire- 
ment in Florida. As a volun- 
teer, she teaches line 
dancing to seniors. 

Ethel Griffin Browning 
retired from her bed & 
breakfast. She enjoys New 
Hampshire in the summer 
and Florida in the winter. 

Charleen Herrling 
Smith and her husband vis- 

Lucinda Nolin Johnson '55/'77 hosts classmates at a luncheon in her home on Cape Cod 
in September 2001. (Standing from L to R): Genevieve Harold, Barbara Travis 
Hendrick, Sally Spicer Frazier and Lucinda. (Seated from L to R): Suzanne Clark 
Johnson, Linda Nolin Ahem, Marion Nutter. 


Class Notes 

Joan Pethybridge Thompson has lunch with Carolyn 
Killam Moller several times a year, emails Mildred Berg 
Cunningham, and is on the golf course as often as possible. 
Joan says, "1 hope to see Betty Apgar Lott, Sandra Bristol 
Walters, and the rest of our classmates at our 45th in May." 

Lori Rounseville Sanford enjoys her three grandchil- 
dren, her bichon frise and her new jeep. She writes, "Love 
to Class of '57. Where are you, Debbie Odgers Ruch?" 

Evelyn Sanders Brewster is enjoying retirement, four 
grandchildren and traveling. She writes, "Marcia Jones 
Leighton and 1 occasionally meet for gab fests." 

Ada Whitmore Suydam took a cruise around 
Cape Horn. 


Marilyn Barette Roberts would love to hear from 
anyone who is in the Naples, FL area. 

In January 2001, Harriet Beard Ackerman graduated 
with a B.A. in liberal arts from Roosevelt University in 

"Doing really great, love being retired and having 
grandchildren nearby," writes Beverly Bearse Sowerby. 
She spends several months in Fort Myers Beach. Beverly's 
heart transplant is 11 years old. 

Bonnie Beckwith Morrison is still teaching pre-school. 
She enjoys travelings 10 grandchildren, her summer home, 
and visits with roommate Beverly Bearse Sowerby and 
Jane Pethybridge Ralston. 

Jeanne Bradner Morgan gets together with Gail 
Seibert Glover, Judith Feldt Oswald, and Gail Winalski 
Burd in Florida each winter. "Any other '58ers near Naples 
or Deerfield Beach?" 

Mary Ann Fuller Young's visit with Ann Reeves 
Burton was "just like being back in Clark House." 

Patricia Graff Willoughby spent a month in Norway 
this past summer. She retired from a consulting job after 
two years and is looking for the next opportunity. 

Jane Gregson Moloney is retired from John Hancock 
"cmd loving it." Her extended family includes nine chil- 
dren and 12 grandchildren. She says, "Lots of places to go 
and people to see. Thank goodness for family." 

Kirsten Harvey Brownell is well and enjoying retire- 
ment and five granddaughters. She had a great reunion 
with classmate Kathleen Barstow McLaurin in Ohio. 

Francine Klein Madison is president of the Interfaith 
Community of Schenectady, NY. 

Carolyn Reid Towne's big news is the birth of her first 
grandchild. She says, "What a gift and blessing." 

Helene Schwartz Perry is retired, doing educational 
consulting, and has five grandchildren. Regarding her visit 
with Gertrude Talberth Moshkovitz, she says, "Great 
visit. Lots of fun." 

"I retired from my shop and enjoy coming and going as 
I please," writes Jacquelyn Smith Johnson. "I am moving 
and packing 33 years of stuff. Hope all of you are well." 

Sandra Wilson Joyce is still working as owner /design- 
er of her own flower shop. She just finished a term as state 
president of Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts 
(with membership over 13,000). She boasts, "I finally 
became a nana." 

Linda Ostrom Goodwin retired from teaching 
preschool and is planning a cruise on the Panama Canal. 
She is a volunteer with the Big Brother/ Big Sister organiza- 
tion. She writes, "My only child, a son, lives in Charleston, 
SC. A fun place to visit." 

Our sincere condolences to Anne Sutherland Rollins 
on the death of her mother in August 2001. 

The Class of '60 (Converse and Karandon) had a mini- 
reunion at Joan White Martin's Bed & Breakfast near 
Watkins Glen, NY, on October 5-8, 2001. Joan writes, "Lots 
of fun, food, and laughter. Enjoyed Finger Lakes wine on 
the Seneca Lake wine trail." 

Ronna Zucker Uhrman is still teaching pre-school. She 
has four boys, two girls, and is expecting her seventh 
grandchild. "They're the best." 


Bette Cole Greene and her husband traveled through 
Florida to Texas for three months in their motor home. Bette 
is looking forward to the birth of grandchild number five. 

Sarah Hirst-Pitts was re-elected treasurer of the 
Humane Association of Wilson County, TN. She writes, 
"I spend my time at the animal shelter, on the golf course, 
or with my hobby of button collecting." 

JoAnn Jacobson still works full-time. She bikes, swims, 
and is active in her local church and United Nations group. 

Lenore Silvestro Stein writes, "1 was deeply saddened 
to learn of the death of my dear friend, Carolyn Doucette 
Lombard, after a valiant struggle with cancer. She will be 
missed by all who knew her." 

"It is my 30th year of teaching," Linda Welt Horowitz 
writes. "I enjoy being with my 2-year-old granddaughter 
and going to our condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, several 
times a year." 

For the past 10 years, Sally Cabral Crowe has been an 
ESL teacher at an elementary school in Jonesboro, GA. She 
says, "It is an interesting job because my students speak 
many different languages." Sally would like to meet other 
LaseU alums who live in the Atlanta area. 

"2001 was a busy year of travel to Arizona, Florida, 
Ireland, and a riverboat cruise from Amsterdam to 
Budapest with 
three extra days 
in Prague," 
writes Barbara 
Davis Delano. 
She is enjoying 
retirement and 
two grandsoiis. 

We were so 
sorry to hear that 
Eleanor Laney 
Afflitto's son, 
Daniel, lost his 
life in the tragic 
September 11th 
terrorist attack on 
the World Trade 
Center. Daniel 
was on the 104th 
floor and was 
Director of 
Equity Trading 
for Cantor 

Still enjoying 
retirement is 
Donna Skillings 
Kessler who 
spends two 

months in Bonita Springs, FL, in the winter. Donna is busy 
with golf, community activities, and six grandchildren. She 
says their Pickard House get-togethers a few times a year 
include Charlotte Siders Morgan, Lynda Downes Brown, 
Nancy Kinghom Batayte, Barbara Carberry Haddad, 
Carolyn Bird Murray and Sharon Handley House. 

Nan Sparks Hunter says her six children and eight 
grandchildren are doing well. 


Judith Adelson Wein still keeps in touch with room- 
mate, Felice Goldman Resko. Judith loves living in 
Florida. She has a married daughter and a son who is 

Marion Bishop Kersh writes, "ThaiUc you, Lasell for 
the beginnings of my interior design education. My career 


Mini-Nursing Reunion in September 2001. Some graduates of the three-year Nursing Program got 
together with two of their instructors to reminisce about their time at Lasell and the impact their 
education had on their professional and personal lives. Standing (L to R): Joan Snipes Bigelow, 
Marsha Graziano Ballantyne, Susan Miller-Havens, Deborah Werner Forbes, Elizabeth Daigneau 
Marshall, Deirdre Hanley McGrath, Patricia Haggerty Fowler Seated: Instructor Judy Barden and 
Director Constance Milner. 

has opened several unique doors. I continue to get new 
clients." Marion is a member of Rotary International and 
writes for the newsletter and is a member of the Arizona 
North A.S.I.D. Chapter and writes for their publication. 

Felice Goldman Resko had this to say about her visit 
with "roomie" Judith Adelson Wein: "Had a good time 
reminiscing about our college days." 



Linda Bailey Bolton is the pastor of a church in New 
Hampshire. Her youngest son, a minister, is running an 
orphanage in Romania. 

"I'm single again, living in my old farmhouse, working 
full-time in Portsmouth, NH for the president of an inter- 
national manufacturing company," writes Nancy 
Cunningham Kelly. Nancy's interests are ballroom danc- 
ing, golf, and biking. She has two bachelor sons. 

Diane DuBois Manzoli is 2in instructor of children's 
ballet, rhythm, and movement at the Franklin School for 
the Performing Arts in Franklin, MA. 


Barbara Bogert Wahlberg became a "nana" when her 
daughter, Susan Wahlberg Morch '88 became a mom. 
"Enjoying Ufe. All is well." 

"Life continues to be good. I am still working at the 
New Jersey Psychological Association. All three daughters 
are married and have blessed us with three grandchildren 
so far," writes Lyrm Flusser TuU. 

Phyllis Gordon Heckt is enjoying retirement, tiavel, 
and her grandchildren. 

Barbara Jacoby Adelstein is stiU substitute teaching (20 
years) and enjoying it. She is awaiting the birth of her first 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

Ann Abbott Bowler became a grandmother for the first 
time with the birth of her granddaughter. 

Writes Linda Bald Lathrop, "Hi all. Retirement is great. 
Doing lots of traveling — St. Thomas, Aruba, and our year- 
ly visit to Wells, ME. And we have a new grandson." Linda 
visited with Jean DiGiorgio Buchanan and family. 

In March Patricia Gath Moessinger moved to 

Robin MacCloskey Mclnnis announces the birth of her 
daughter's second child. 

Marcia Madden Heist continues as chair of the 
BrookUne School Committee. She loves boating on Lake 
Winnipesaukee, NH, in the summer. To Betsey, Tracy, 
Elaine and Lynda, she writes, "I think of you and our 
Lasell buddies often." 

Dee Orben Campbell took a 2-week trip to Hawaii 
with her children and a cruise through the Panama Canal. 
She will celebrate her 60th birthday this year. Dee still 
works in her Mary Kay business. 


Jeanne Chase Peckham's five grandchildren span three 
states: Massachusetts, Michigan, and Virginia. 

After retiring from the Duxbury, MA, school system. 

Having some fun at the mini-Nursing Reunion are 
Susan Miller-Havens (with nurse's cap) and Deirdre 
Hanley McGrath, 

"There's nothing like old roommates getting together," 
says Jane Leonard Wilcox about her visit with Susan 
Shaw Long. "We renewed memories and had a ball." 
Jane's son, Andy, is a Lasell campus police officer. 

Congratulations to Susan Miller-Havens who was one 
of the local artists featured on Chronicle for her portraits of 
Red Sox players. 

Class Notes 


"Miss my Lasell days and friends. What great times we 
had," writes Kay Oppenheim Loomstein. Specifically, Kay 
recalls the walk up to the castle for a religions class. Kay 
says her three granddaughters are the best. 

During her vacation to Hawaii with a stop in San 
Francisco, Linda Parmenter Goulding saw Carol 
Colegrove Walker. 

Patricia Perry Polidor continues to be busy with 
traveling and her travel business. 

As of January 2002, Janet Ramsbotham Blake is 
executive assistant to the President of the College of 
Lifelong Learning, the adult college of the University 
of New Hampshire. 

"We became proud grandparents to a grandson," 
writes Andrea Siegal Cohen. "What fun!" 

Darlene Smith Riemer started her own architectural 
firm in Dutchess County, NY. She recently became a 



Sheryl Chapman Rammer's yoimgest daughter, Tara, 
is applying to Lasell. 

Kathleen Goulder Plante assumed the position of 
registrar at the Uiuversity of New Orleans after almost 14 
years with Louisiana State University. She says, "There's 
always something going on. It's an active dty." Kathleen 
says of her granddaughter, "she makes me feel yoting." 

After 12 years as a staff nurse at Beverly Hospital, 
Sara-Jane Hayes Kiesling now coordinates the BLS/CPR 
program and the orientation program for new staff. With a 
specialty in oncology, Sara-Jane also teaches chemotherapy 
administration to some of the nurses. 

Writes Eleanor Lamson Brewster, "Was due to go to 
England two days after September 11th. Instead saw some 
of our fine country — Savannah and Hilton Head." Eleanor 
also saw Joan Ray McClure '63 for the first time in 30 
years. "It was great fun." 

After 34 years, Marcia Lxmdgren Johns retired as a 
flight attendant with TWA. Marcia enjoys southern 
CaUfomia vacations and Lake Tahoe for skiing. 

Assistant City Manager Beverlee Pembroke Hill is 
the winner of the prestigious Municipal Person of the Year 
Award for 2001, an award that recognizes outstanding 
service, an active commitment to local government, and 
service to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns. 
Beverlee hails from Montpelier, VT. 

Recently honored by the Connecticut Town Clerks 
Association and named Town Clerk of the Year is 
Catherine Sanford Nurmi. Catherine talks to Eleanor 
Staniland Stofan who lives in Grand Rapids, MI. 

Margo Yonker MacKenzie writes, "I have taken a leave 
of absence from my teaching job and am enjoying some 
free time. I walk once a week with Jane Pearson Varley '64, 
whom I didn't know while I was at LaseU, but met while 
We were teaching at the same school in Florida. I am a 
breast cancer survivor." 


Colette Cavanaugh Clark just completed chemothera- 
py for breast cancer. She writes, "I plan to be at the next 
LaseU reunion and lots after that. A breast self-exam can 
save your Ufe." 

"Happily married for 30 plus years with two grown 
children," writes Elinore Lowe Kinczel. "I direct and teach 
preschool in Oakland, CA." Elinore would love to hear 
from anyone who lived in Ordway, 1965-1966. 

Eleanor Mackinnon Speh's new job is Director of 
Volunteers, Membership and the Community Connections 
Program for Arc (helping people with developmental 
disabilities). When EUie's daughter got married in June, 
her "LaseU Uttle sister" Bonnie Kamerdiner Marsano '67 

Enjoying semi-retirement is Arlene Paratore 
Hrabovecky. She has a commercial real estate position 
with Caldwell Banker while finding time to travel and play 

If you are visiting the Hearst Castle, come see me in 
nearby Cambria, CA, writes Lynn Stem Taylor. Lynn has 
two grandsons. 

Carolyn White Amdurer is still teaching and just 
became a grandmother. 


MAY 17-1 9, 2002 

Heather Hines Peterson's son got married and lives in 
Texas near her nursing classmate, Aimee Gutmann Gage. 

"Through my watercolors, I choose to remind people 
of their inner joy, which can be lost amidst the anxiety of 
day-to-day living," writes Lisa Altshuler Freidus. 

Martha Borawski is the owner of a travel agency in 
western Massachusetts. 

New Hampshire Governor Shaheen appointed Helen 
Carey Cohen to the Emergency Shelter and Homeless 
Commission. Helen organized an ongoing group to 
provide and serve monthly meals to 100 people at local 
shelters. She is an active member of the NH Coalition 
to End Homelessness. Helen won an award for flower 
arranging from the York Harbor, ME, Garden Club. 

With 20 years of nursing and 11 years of real estate 
behind her, Roberta Munce Nelson is starting her ovtTi 
real estate company in Lynnfield, MA. 

JoAnn Shattuck Wilson has been enjoying the Lake 
Winnipesaukee, NH, area for the past 10 years. She left 
engineering and is doing volunteer work and loving it. 

Ruthanne Woods Thibodeau would love to hear 
from Dale, Mary, Kathy or Janet. 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

Betsy Abrahamson Solomon has been living in the 
Maryland area since 1983. She has two children. She writes, 
"I would love to hear from classmates." 

Victoria Cole Staples works for the Surgical Services 
Department of Emerson Hospital (MA). 

After working as a middle school teacher for years. 
Holly Gove Porterfield is now a writer. Her first book, 
"Think Twice, Twice" (a murder mystery) wiU be released 
in late May. HoUy has a son. 

Married with three grown children, Nancy McKeagney 
Votto works as a diabetes educator at Yale University. She 
writes, "I would love to hear from classmates." 



Susan Curry Soucy has been working as an elemen- 
tary school secretary for the past 10 years. She has three 

Nancy Alterman Walker 

asks, "Where is Sherry Wolf 
and Nancy Wells?" 

"I continue to enjoy life 
in upstate New York," 
writes Deborah Lewis 
Vanderzell. "I think of my 
LaseU friends often." Debbie 
has two sons. 

Linda Lione Brown saw 
Wendy Sachs Goodfriend 
at her son's wedding in June 
1999. Linda writes, "Would 
love to get a group going in 
Atlanta again." 

Sharon Murphy would 
love to hear from Linda 
Citro Genovese, Kathleen 
Anders and Karla Englund 

Nancy Rosenthal Klein 
is stUl working as a perma- 
nent substitute teacher as 
weU as a real estate associ- 
ate. She has two daughters. 

"I moved to the 
Portland, OR area and have 
recormected with my 
Carpenter Hall roommate. 
Gay Anderson Molise, who 

also recently relocated," writes Jonatha Tarbox Paetzhold. 
"Thirty-three years have melted away!" 


Some members of the class of '74 got together for "Chick Weekend 2001" in Charleston, 
SC: Beth Ballard, Suzy Shaw Allen, Pat Raposa Reineke, Debi Bradley Severance, Jill 
Mills Cozens, Susan Curry Soucy and Jill Greenleaf Kells-Murphy. 

Barbara Hirschfield Henry, First Selectman in 
Roxbury, MA, won the endorsement of both political 
parties for another term as selectman. According to a 
local newspaper, "It is an honor which also aUows her 
to concentrate on town business without the distraction 
of running a campaign." 

Paula Firmegan Dickinson is President of Granite State 
Reading /IRA and third V.P.-elect to the New England 
Association. Paula says, "Hi to aU Karandon Cuties." 

Deborah Kimerling Schneider has a son in college and 
two in high school. 



Our heartfelt condolences to Martha Garshman 
Spector on the death of her husband Jerome A. (Jerry) 
Spector in March 2002. 

The year 2001 was a year of big events for Mary Hobler 
Hyson. "It was my 30th at Lasell, my 30th wedding 
anniversary, my youngest was off to coUege and my oldest 
was married. Phew!" 

"I'U be completing my 30th year with American 
Airlines as a flight attendant," writes Johanna Nahatis 
Kadra. "On many of my flights I'm delighted to see former 
Lasell classmates." Johanna's twin, Christina Nahatis 
Barrett, continues to enjoy teaching kindergarten in 
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. Johanna and Christina are 
also both involved with their dad's company, 

In January Marianne Moran Conkey began her new 
career as a first-grade teacher. She lives outside of Chicago 
with her husband and two teenage children. Marianne says 
hi to Amy, Sarah, and Francie. 

"I am stUl happily single," writes Donna Shalhoub, 
"but dating a wonderful man. Working as a men's clothing 
speciaUst for Giorgio Armani at Saks Fifth Avenue. Life is 

Lynda Sweeney Hunt is pursuing a B.S. in psychology 
at Franklin Pierce College. She remarried in March 2000. 
Linda has three children and two stepchildren. 

Our sincere condolences to Amy Tichnor on the death 
of her father. 


From San Anselmo, CA, Eileen CoUette Cheplick 

writes, "With my first son off to college, I may find myself 
back east more often." Eileen has four sor\s. 


Class Notes 

Jennifer Hughes Bardsley lives in Hingham, MA, with 
her husband and two children. She has been running an 
interior design business for the past 15 years. 

Nancy Onanian Garrett writes, "I'm alive and well, liv- 
ing in the Berkshires, married with a 5-year-old son." 



MAY 17-19, 2002 

Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon is "looking forward to see- 
ing old friends /housemates from McClelland and Gardner 
House at the 25th reunion. Mark your calendar and plan to 


Kathryn Wall has been named Town Clerk in Berlin, 
CT. She is the second woman in town history to hold this 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

Sarah Caizzi Klein accepted the position of Assistant 
Director of Parks & Recreation in Bistol, RI. She will be 
involved with the community center, the summer pro- 
gram, scheduling trips and developing a monthly calendar 
of activities. Prior to this Sarah was the co-owner of a 
restaurant in Warren, RI. 


Also excited about Linda Humphrey-Walsh's new 
daughter are Linda's two sons and her sister, Karen 
Humphrey Johnson '95. 


Diane Perry Kelly has been appointed Administrative 
Director of Quality Management for the Berkshire Medical 
Center in Pittsfield, MA. 


"My nursing foundation at LaseU has served me well," 
writes Dawne Bumham Mortenson. Dawne sends special 
greetings to Cathy, Janet, and Debby. 

Catherine Hall Ferrara says, "1 enjoy working per diem 
and being a stay-at-home mother of three. Hi to Honor, 
Cathleen H., Dawm, Pam, and everyone in the Class of 

"Hello to my fellow nursing buddies. Hope all is well," 
writes Clair McCarthy Dalton. "Life is busy with Eric, 3, 
Tim, 2, and our new baby in January." 



MAY 17-19, 2002 

Laura French McKenna is living in Bellingham, MA, 
and looking to buy a house in Rhode Island. 

In December Amy Kiss Woodward wrote, 
"Congratulations to Wendy Gromko for finding her 
'prince charming' and happy holidays." 


Stacey Blauth was promoted to Captain in the 
Salvation Army. She completed her Masters Degree in 
Addiction and Recovery Counseling at Montclair State 
College in New Jersey. 

Jennifer Brosnan Squires invites everyone to please 
come visit her deli in Derry, NH. 

Merideth Sawyer Millett is a supervisor at the Poland 
Spring Water Company in Maine. 

From Sumter, SC, Bari Schwartz Perales writes, "I am a 
stay-at-home mom with 3-year-old and 2-year-old sons. 
Friends, please keep in touch." 


MAY 17-19, 2002 

At Kristin's baby shower in October 2001. (From L to 
R) Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet '95, Kristin Clisham 
Faivre '93, Brandi Robinson '93. 

Kristin Clisham Faivre is enjoying her new home in 
Pembroke, MA. 

Married for six years, Anita Place Provencher is a 
full-time mom to her two daughters and is building a new 
home in Holden, MA. 

Brandi Robinson is a marketing assistant with a com- 
pany in Dracut, MA, and lives in Manchester, NH. 


Kristine Bell Smith writes, "I am blessed to be working 
with college students and loving what I do. Miss you all!" 
Kristine has been married for two years. 

Andrea Kneeland Bradstreet is pursuing her Masters 
Degree in Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College. 
She and her husband bought their first home in Methuen, 


MAY 17-19, 2002 



Giovanna Montoya is a full-time nurse iii the med- 
ical/surgical and orthopedic departments at Caritas Good 
Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, MA. She is working 
toward a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing at Curry College. 
She has a five-year-old son. 


Attending Lesbie Perez Brimble's bridal shower (Back 
row L to R): Jerry Dumais '02, Mary Crowley '00, 
Ashley Seybold '03, a friend, Shakira Watson King '00, 
Jennifer Deeble '01, Colleen Pratt '02, Anthony King, 
and Brittany Jackson '01. 

Amanda Fecteau is a full-time Physical Therapist 
Assistant at Neuro-Health in Rhode Island. She writes, 
"The atmosphere is great, everyone is friendly, and I love 
what I am doing. Most of the diagnoses I treat are chronic 
migraines, cervical pain, back pain, MS, and Parkinson's. 
Occasionally we get orthopedic injuries. 1 am so glad I 
went through the PTA program at LaseU. Thank you." 

Bride Kerry Brody Barber '95 is surrounded by friends (L to R) 
Jessica Tabolt Magne '93, Amy Kohut '95 and Brenda Bemier 
Atallah '95. 


Jennifer Bergeron received a Master's Degree in 
Occupational Therapy. She started a company to market 
her newly created product — the babysitter companion. 

Lorin Green is working as a Quality Assurance and 
Business Analyst in the IT Department of a financial com- 
pany. She lives in Cambridge, MA, with her dog, Howard, 
and some roommates. Next September she leaves for a 
two-year stint with the Peace Corps, to do IT work and 
computer training to help eastern European / Asian coun- 
tries compete in the new global markets. Lorin says, "I 
would love to hear from my New Dorm buddies as well as 
the Woodland gang." 



Class Notes 



L A S E L L 



Dr. Richard M. Packard, history professor for 26 years, chairman of the 
facility, and acting Lasell president from 1959-60, died on January 2, 2002. 
From 1969 until his retirement in 1972, he was the only active faculty member 
to serve as a trustee. At the time of Dr. Packard's retirement the trustees 
established the Packard Ftmd, which provides financial support for faculty 
research or professional advancement. 


James Boudreau, Brennan Library Archivist, died on March 19, 2002. 
He had a very full library career before coming to Lasell, having been the 
director of the libraries at Stonehill College, Simmons College, Bentley 
College, and Babson College. Retirement didn't sit well with him, and he 
took hold of the Lasell archives in 1993, making them an important part of 
the library collection. 



Sallyann Bartlett Abel '51 to Norman Bassett 

on August 19, 2001 
Barbara Fausel Warren '53 to Richard Smith 

on November 26, 2001 
Martha Borawski '68 to William Brandt 
Victoria Cole '73 to Charles Staples on July 14, 2001 
Merideth Sawyer '91 to Thaddeus MiUett on June 7, 1998 
Jennifer Long '94 to Philip Malone on September 9, 2000 
Jennifer Foley '95 to Joseph Maranchie on September 22, 2001 
Elaine Viau '97 to William Chapman, on October 7, 2000 
Christine Martel '98 to Scott Ficarra on September 22, 2001 
Rayna Cascella '99 to Matthew Bouchard on October 6, 2001 
Nicole Donnelly '99 to Joseph Parmeggiani 

on October 13, 2001 


Mandi Bulette Coakley '81, a son, Timothy, 

on September 9, 2001 
Linda Humphrey-Walsh '83, a daughter, Katherine, 

on October 27, 2001 
Qair McCarthy Dalton '85, a daughter, Courtney Rose, 

on January 25, 2002 
Merideth Sawyer Millett '91, a son, Everett Lawrence, 

on October 19, 1999 
Michelle Lane '97, a daughter, Emily Taylor, on July 11, 2001 
Stacy Rawson Sheldon '98, a son, Tyler Thomas, 

on September 8, 2001 


Elizabeth Bristow McKenna '23 

Ruth Johnson Moseley '24 on May 28, 2001 

Sylvia Chandler Hooker '27 on October 7, 2001 

Hazel Cooke Easterbrook '27 

Eugenie McEdwards Bunting '27 on September 14, 2001 

Alice Hamlin Ogden '31 on February 4, 2001 

Gertrude Stone Baptiste '32 

Hazel Merritt Bliven '33 on April 27, 2001 

Elizabeth Hayford Stewart '33 on December 23, 2001 

Doris Shehadi '33 on December 13, 2000 

Mary Elizabeth Barber (Sister George Chrysostom) '34 

Isabel LaCosse Fior '34 on August 22, 2001 

Maida Cardwell Atwood '35 on January 9, 2002 

Barbara McKelleget '35 on July 18, 2001 

Priscilla Colson Lane '36 on October 23, 2001 

Alethea Marder Pond '36 on May 21, 2001 

Audrey Seeley Tompkins '36 on December 2, 2001 

Barbara McNaught Snuth '37 

Marian Sleeper Hall '37, summer 2001 

Dorothy Anderson Staples '40 on September 16, 2001 

Adele Friedstein Schaye '40 on July 28, 2001 

Mary-Carolyn Porter Morison '40 on August 6, 2001 

Polly Mudgett Davis '41 on August 16, 2001 

Louise O'Coruior Chase '42 

Alice Rogers Doerfler '42 on October 18, 2001 

Margaret Sermott Iris '42 on September 28, 2001 

Margaret Patten Young '44 in February 2001 

Edna Poll Holland '44 on June 22, 2001 

Madeline Dungan Dyer '45 on November 3, 2001 

Beverly Andres Rydell '46 in December 2001 

Jane Caswell Rossi '46 on October 22, 2001 

Corinne Wilkins Staid '46 on November 24, 2001 

Judith Woodbury Berenson '46 

Theodora Mavros Theoharides '47 on September 26, 2001 

Nancy Pursel Tupper '47 on December 28, 2001 

Audrey Cooper Noyes '48 on August 3, 2001 

Patricia Newman Carter '48 on October 21, 2001 

Shirley Thome Brady '48 on December 22, 2001 

Miriam Clark Williams '49 on December 17, 2001 

Carol Dunn Beane '49 on September 4, 2001 

Diane Palady Barry '49 on January 9, 2002 

Virginia Woodman Cordes '49 on May 28, 2001 

Mary Duffy Storti '50 on January 15, 2002 

Marilyn Clark Lingelbach '51 on January 2, 2002 

Susan Goetz Preston '51 on October 20, 2001 

June Siteman Bailey '52 on October 2, 2001 

Phoebe Byrd Gregory '53 on September 18, 2001 

Suzanne Piper Keller '54 on December 1, 2001 

Elizabeth Boday Greene '55 on September 17, 2001 

Susan Twichell Nelson '55 on September 22, 2001 

Audrey Spawn Stockman '56 on June 15, 2001 

Barbara Montag Levy '58 on August 4, 2001 

Betty Wellington Travers '58 on April 27, 2001 

Sandra Hall Johnson '59 on October 30, 2001 

Nancy Kruger Williams '61 on June 11, 2001 

Carolyn Doucette Lombard '63 on November 23, 2001 

Christine Borden Jennings '64 on February 13, 2001 

Adrienne Aslanian Rentrop '66 on November 21, 1997 

Lynn Craig McLaren '66 

Beverly White Sherman '66 on October 20, 2001 

Heidi Eldridge '75 on November 16, 2001 

Ruth Wilmot Buurling, former faculty on June 16, 2001 

Ruth Marguerite Hamilton, former faculty, on July 18, 2001 

Sophia Josephs, former faculty, on January 4, 2002 

Margaret Munro, former staff, on August 5, 2001 

Beatrice Stoner, former staff, on October 11, 2001 

Dorothy Ulmer Willis, former staff, on September 5, 2001 


Class Notes 

Join Those Were the Days 
Memories Project 

L A S E L L 



Those Were the Days Memories Project 

Dear Alumni, 

Did you have a professor who left an indelible impression? Did you make life-long friends at Lasell 
with whom you still connect in a special way? Was there an on-campus tradition that touched 
you and made a difference? Did the Lasell experience inspire you or transform your life in some 
meaningful way? 

The Office of Alumni Affairs is asking alumni to participate in the Share Your Memories 
Campaign by contributing personal memories of life on campus. Your words and recollections 
can help us chronicle Lasell's unique place in the history of educational institutions and help 
the College's unique campus culture live for generations to come. 

Please send us anecdotes about classmates, faculty, staff, and experiences that made your 
years at Lasell unique and unforgettable. The responses we receive from alumni will be posted 
on the Lasell web site. 

If you are connected to the Web, you can post your comments on the message board on our 
online community forum ( under "Memories" and start a 
"conversation. " You can also send your recollections directly by regular mail to: 

Karen Gill 

Director of Alumni Affairs 

Lasell College 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 

Newton, MA 02466-2716 

We look forward to hearing from you. 



Class Notes 




Lasell House Earns Highest, 
Full Compliance Rating from 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts 

received the highest "in compliance" rating from the Massachusetts Department of Public 
Health, Division of Health Care Quality, on October 31, 2001. 

The Division of Health Care Quality inspects 
nursing homes in Massachusetts at least every 
nine to 15 months to assess compliance with feder- 
al standards of care such as adequacy of staffing, 
quality of care, and cleanliness of facilities. The 
quality of patient administration, nursing, resident 
rights, kitchen /food services, and environment 
are also carefully reviewed. In addition, the Divi- 
sion investigates complaints and serious incidents 
occurring within a nursing home. 

"We are delighted to receive a deficiency- 
free, full compliance rating from the state," said 
Andrea Sklencar Rathbone, MHSA, NHA, who 
serves as Lasell House administrator and its direc- 
tor of health care services. "At Lasell House, we 
work hard to ensure the highest level of care for 
our patients and residents. We are proud of 
the fact that LaseU House is fuUy staffed with 
medical and support personnel who — even at 
full census — provide an impressive ratio of 
professional staff to patient." 

Health Care Quality Surveys are unan- 
nounced. Surveyors are health care professionals 
such as registered nurses and licensed social 
workers. A survey report is sent to the nursing 
home after each survey and, if standards are not 
met, the nursing home must submit a plan of cor- 
rection to the Division. In some cases, follow-up 
surveys are made to verify that standards that 
were initially not met are corrected. 

Lasell House, which has been admitting long- 
term residents and short-term patients since 

November 1, 2000, defies the usual preconceived 
notions of stark, understaffed, under-funded nurs- 
ing homes. Medicare certified and licensed by 
the Department of Public Health, Lasell House 
boasts a mission "to offer the best and most 
personal nursing home services in New England," 
Rathbone says. "A lot of our competitors say the 
same thing. But we deliver, and our patient satis- 
faction surveys speak for themselves." 

Patients who are admitted to a spacious pri- 
vate or semi-private room at Lasell House have 
the collaborative support of the nursing home's 
qualified staff, from registered nurses, licensed 
practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, regis- 
tered dietitian, to licensed social worker, consul- 
tant pharmacist, therapy professionals, and a 
physician of choice. Lasell House also maintains 
a staff physician who serves as medical director, 
and is on call 24-hours-a-day. Admissions, too, 
are handled on a 24-hours-a-day basis. "The goal 
is to be available and responsive to the Newton 
community," says Rathbone. 

A team of physical, occupational and 
speech / language therapists work with patients 
whose physical issues run the range from hip 
and knee surgery to pneumonia, reconditioning, 
wound management, gait training, and early and 
middle stages of dementia. Respite care services 
are provided for caregivers who need a break 
from their daily responsibilities, and hospice 
care, in collaboration with local hospice services, 
is also provided at Lasell House. J*- 



By the time Powers accepted the position at 
Lasell Village, he had developed an approach to 
managing that draws on his early experiences in 
the business. Remembering his start in food ser- 
vice, combined with his innately inquisitive 
nature, Shawn now encourages his sous chef and 
staff to get involved in the creative process. 
"Many of my staff have better ideas than I do, and 
they often teach me a lot. 

"One member of the staff, who came with me 
fiom the Parker House, may not have had any for- 
mal tiaining, but has had the privilege of working 
for some very influential chefs. He has spent a 
considerable amount of time observing and 
absorbing an enormous amount of information on 
technique and international cuisine. In fact, one 
resident asked where we got our Italian influence? 
'Well,' I responded with a degree of pride, 'from 
our Mexican cook.'" 

The Lasell Village menu ranges from an offer- 
ing of comfort foods, such as meat loaf or roast 
chicken, to the specials, "where," Powers notes, 
"we can get very creative." Yet, there are always 
four staple items offered on the menu — chicken, 
scrod, salmon and steak. "So far, one of the real 
hits has been the sea bass, poached in onions, fen- 
nel, celery and tomatoes. And, there haven't been 
any obvious misses . . .yet," says Powers good 
naturedly. "I can change and experiment with the 
menu, which you really can't do in a hotel restau- 
rant setting." 

Powers was most pleased to discover that the 
Lasell Village residents have a high level of culi- 
nary sophistication, are very health conscious, and 
many are involved in the dining service. There is a 
food committee currently comprised of 14 resi- 
dents. "They give us constructive criticism, and 
valuable input as far as service, menus, and any 
recommendations the residents might have," says 
Powers. "And, in keeping with the learning in 
retirement concept, we are looking forward to 
conducting cooking classes." * 

Lasell Village 

Outstanding Older 
Adult Learning 

selected as a recipient of a 2002 MindAlert 
Award in the category of Outstanding 
Older Adult Learning Program. 

Villagers line up to register for classes. 

The award was developed by the Metlife 
Foundation in collaboration with the 
American Society on Aging (ASA). Lasell 
Village shares the award with another out- 
standing program. Generations Online, a 
service that provides Internet access and 
learning to the oldest generations who are 
the least likely to use computer technology, 
but are the most likely to benefit from its 
communications potential. 

The Metlife Foimdation-ASA MindAlert 
Award was established to recognize innova- 
tions in mental fitness programming for older 
adults. Based on research showing that cogni- 
tive decline is not inevitable in aging, these 
awards recognize programs, products or tools 
that promote cognitive fitness in later life. The 
programs are judged for their innovation, 
their basis in research, demonstiation of their 
effectiveness, potential for repUcability, and 
the extent to which the programs are accessi- 
ble to diverse populations of elders. 

"We are proud to receive such distin- 
guished recognition from ASA-Metlife for a 
program that is unique among retirement 
communities, one that is specifically 
designed to promote lifelong learning and 
support cognitive and physical fitness in later 
life," says Paula Panchuck, Ph.D., the full- 
time dean for Lasell Village. "The focus of 
'living and learning' at Lasell Village is its 
defining characteristic. Village residents are 
required to plan and satisfy a continued 
learning program as a condition of residency. 
To date, Lasell Village is the only college- 
owned and managed continuous care 
retirement community (CCRC) with a 
learning requirement for residents." ^ 

SPRING 2002 

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Dean of Stvidents, Diane Austin, presented a 
session at the annual conference of the National 
Orientation Directors Association (NODA), in 
Toronto, titled, "A Baby Boomer Gets Reflective... 
And Gets a Grip." Featured in a program track for 
seasoned professionals, it was about mid-life 
development issues. The program abstract 
read: "Never underestimate the power of turning 
50 as a values clarification tool." 

In the session. Dean Austin looked at issues 
including: dreams gained, lost and re-formatted; 
the changing work world (and supervising 
Generations X and Y); the role of partners, fami- 
lies and friends; and integrating issues of loss with 
everyday living. 

Dean Austin vdll also be faculty for a two-day, 
intensive, "Orientation Professionals Institute" 
this spring. Also sponsored by NODA , the institute 
will be held in conjunction with the organization's 
Region IX conference in Lenox, Massachusetts. 

"I will be co-presenting the modules 
on 'Building an Orientation Programming Model' 
and 'Selection, Training and Supervision of 
Orientation Staff,' as well as co-leading a 
Roundtable Session /Presentation for experienced 
professionals, and I will be the sole faculty mem- 
ber presenting the module on assessment and 
standards," Dean Austin reports. 

Steven F. Bloom, associate dean of the School 
of Arts and Sciences and professor of English at 

Lasell, is an O'Neill 
scholar who this fall 
participated in a tribute to 
the Nobel Prize winning 
Eugene O'Neill at his 
burial place in Forest Hills 
Cemetery in Boston. He is 
the Book Reviews Editor 
of The Eugene O'Neill 
Review, a member of the 
Board of Directors of the 
Eugene O'Neill Society, and has published 
numerous articles and reviews on O'Neill. 

Steven F. Bloom 


Linda Bruenjes, associate professor, 
director of Academic Computing, chair of 
the IT Department, School of Business and IT, 
successfully defended her dissertation on a study 
that completes requirements for her Ed.D. degree 
in Leadership in Schooling, Graduate School of 
Education, UMass Lowell. Her dissertation was 
titled, "A Multi-Case Study Investigating the 
Disposition of Faculty Use of Technology as 
a Teaching and Learning Tool in the Higher 
Education Classroom." 


Chair of Justice Studies Linda Bucci, who 
holds a J.D. degree from Boston College Law 
School, and an M.S., Crinainal Justice, from 
Northeastern, recently served as panel chair of 
"New Theoretical Approaches," at the Annual 
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Conference, 
in Anaheim, California. 


Assistant Professor Jill Carey, who teaches 
Art and Costume History for the Lasell Institute of 
Fashion Technology, was a guest speaker at an 
educational style summit at the Boston Adult 
Education Center. The topic dealt with fashion 
history and human behavior. She also received a 

At the Circumnavigator's Club in New York, Dean 
Brewer Doran stands with Senator John Glenn, who 
was presented with the Magellan Award, the club's 
highest honor, given out only every two or three years. 

Vision Award from the board of fashion week for 
her commitment to fashion education in Boston. 
The award was presented at Massachusetts 
College of Art in October, 2001, by Lasell's LIFT 
director, Richard Bath. 

Assistant Professor Kim Farah, Exercise 
Science, had a paper accepted and presented at 
the 40th annual Eastern Analytical Symposium 
and Exposition meeting in Atlantic City. The 
meeting is the second largest meeting in the 
Uruted States dedicated to the needs of analytical 
chemists and those in the allied sciences. Her 
paper was presented during the session on 
"New Techniques in Experimental Design and 
Chemometrics." Professor Farah collaborated 
with colleagues at Turbine Component Services 
in Peabody, Massachusetts on the project. 

"I am also working on a paper regarding the 
determination of estrogenic compounds in waste- 
water and sludge, along with new techniques for 
the determination of these compounds. While the 
concentrations of these compounds and their 
respective metabolites are low, there is concern 
that they may be acting as endocrine disruptors," 
she explains. 

Mara Green, MSW, LCSW, who did her 
graduate field work with the Lasell Counseling 
Center, has now joined the staff. The new position 
means more students can be seen for individual 
counseling, as well as providing more outreach. 
Mara is also focusing on alcohol education 

Lecturer Ivana Pinho Kuhn, who teaches 
Music Appreciation, World Music, Chorus and 
History of Jazz for the Humanities Department/ 
School of Arts and Sciences, made a conference 
presentation recently, at the Massachusetts Music 
Educators Association, in Danvers, Massachusetts, 
and is scheduled in August to present a paper, 
"Adult Student Motivation in Music Classes" at 
the International Society of Music Education, in 
Stavanger, Norway. 

Additionally, Ivana Pinho Kuhn has been 
actively performing recitals including, in February 
2002, flute and piano recital at the Newton Free 
Library, presenting works by French impressionist 
composers and 20th century Brazilian composers. 
She is curently working on a recording of music by 
Brazilian composers with flutist W. Cardoso. 

Marge Lemieux, a member of Lasell's 
Humanities Department, has a strong commit- 
ment to children's literacy, and has had several 
children's books published. In November, she co- 
directed a major illustration conference that was 
co-sponsored by the Society of Children's Book 
Writers & Illustrators of New England and Rhode 
Island School of Design. The conference educated 
artists in both the craft and business of children's 
book illustration. 

Recently she submitted an article to American 
Artist which will be published in the special May 
issue devoted to drawing. The article features 
her artwork and is about the use of contour and 
gesture to create lively, expressive drawings. 


Joan Weiler Arnow Professor /Sociology, Dr. 
Sylvia MacPhee, presented a paper at the Eastern 
Sociological Society 2002 Annual Meeting at 
the Boston Marriott, Copley Place. The paper 
was titled: "Cultures in Collision: Redefining 
Differences in the 21st Century." She will also 
be presenting a paper in July at the Interna- 
tional Society for the Study of European Ideas 
(ISSEI) Conference 2002, University of Wales, 
Aberystwth. That paper is titled: "Who is an 
Italian? Italy's Struggle for a National Identity." 
Colleagues Joe Aieta and Helen Alcala will be 
presenting on other topics at the same session. 

Dr. Paula Panchuck, dean of Lasell Village, 
completed the 2002 Disney World Marathon in 
Orlando this January. "I ran (a.k.a. walked/ 
jogged) the 26.2 miles as a fundraiser for the 

Dean Paula Panchuck, a happy finisher! 

American Stroke Association's Boston team in 
honor of my father, Gino DeAngelis, who died of 
stroke complications 25 years ago. He was a man 
who never drove, he walked everywhere," says 
Paula. She is now totally hooked, and is registered 
to run the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in 
Virginia Beach on September first. "I think that 
working with the Village residents, who present- 
ed me with a laurel wreath when I returned from 
the race, who are so active and defy age and other 
limits everyday, inspires me to do the same!" »* 



SPRING 2002 


Senior Student Athletes Are a Major 
Force Behind Success of Lasell's Teams 

jASell's student athletes give their all to their 

respective programs, and success has followed them. 

Four seniors who have been part of the trans- 
formation of Lasell's athletics are Tarda Cirino, a 
member of the NAC Championship volleyball 
team, Jen Lesnick, co-captain of the women's soc- 
cer and basketball teams, Dwayne Okantey, who 
has received both ECAC and NAC recognition in 
basketball, and Jarrod VanDerwerken, goalie for 
the men's soccer team. Their stories convey the 
pride and excitement that are part of what athlet- 
ics at Lasell are all about. 

"1 started playing volleyball in ninth grade 
and once I started I couldn't stop," explains Tania 
Cirino, Lasell's voUeyball team captain for 3 years. 
"I practiced, worked with my coaches, and put in 
a lot of extra time. The reward was seeing myself 
get better. I couldn't believe it. I love the sport!" 

Her enthusiasm for the game is shared by her 
teammates. The result of taking each game seri- 
ously and playing their hardest has been two 
NAC championships and being named MVP of 
the NAC Corvference Tournament in both 2000 
and 2001. "My freshman year we played only 14 
games. Each year we added more opponents and 
by the end of sophomore year we were in second 
place, so close to the title. We made a team 
promise to be the first to bring a championship 
banner to Lasell, and we did it! Then, at the begin- 
ning of this year, we thought, 'that banner looks 
lonely. It needs company.' And now there are two 
hanging there. We are so proud and excited." 

At the women's basketball game against Bay 
Path College on January 26th, senior Jen Lesnick 

needed to score only ten points to 
be the first 1,000 point scorer in 
Lasell's history. As the spectators 
crowded into the gym, anticipation 
vibrated in the air. "I was really 
nervous going into the game. I 

rr r r ' student athletes (left to right) Dwayne Okantey, Tania Cirino, Jen Lesnick and 

and my teammates were almost ja^^j VanDerwerken. 

trying to help me too much," recalls 

Jen. With four minutes to go, she 
hit a three-point-shot and cheers filled the air. 
"They actually stopped the game while I was pre- 
sented with flowers. It was a moment I'U never for- 

Dwayne Okantey recently became the second 
Lasell student to score 1000 points, and the first 
men's player to reach this mark. He accomplished 
this in just two years, having tiansferred to Lasell 
his junior year from Broward Community College, 
in Fort Lauderdale, recruited by Coach Chris 
Harvey. "It was easy to fit in," says Dwayne. 
"There weren't a lot of egos, and the team played 
well together." 

Dwayne's first interest was baseball, but in 
junior high he switched to basketball, and the 
many hours he spent practicing have paid off. 
Scoring an average of 20 points and 7.6 rebounds 
per game, he has led the team in scoring and 
rebounding in his two years at Lasell. In 
November, he was recognized by the ECAC as 
Player of the Week. "Individual accolades are 
nice, but if s reaUy for all of us," he says. They pass 

me the ball, and my job is to put it in the net." As 
NAC conference champions and with an invitation 
to the NCAAs, his teamwork has paid off. 

The NAC semi-final men's soccer match 
against Elms College went to double overtime, 
and the two teams were still tied after 120 minutes 
of play. Having already made 33 saves, goalie 
Jarrod VanDerwerken then faced a penalty-kick 
shootout, and Lasell unfortunately lost the match. 
"We played an incredible game. To have been a 
part of the maturation of the Lasell team over the 
past four years has been a great experience. We've 
built our skills and played against nationally- 
ranked schools. We're more than a team. We're 
really like a bunch of brothers," says Jarrod. 

Although the soccer season is now over, 
Jarrod is keeping sharp by playing with three 
indoor leagues to prepare himself for the Boston 
Bulldogs tryouts. 

Lasell will miss having these athletes in their 
starting line-ups next year, but they have passed 
their enthusiasm along to their teammates and 
their futures are bright. ^ 

Message from the Athletic Director 

' his season has been one of "FIRSTS" FOR THE LASELL COLLEGE ATHLETIC 
Program. Since September, the Lasers have w^on two North Atlantic Conference 
Championships, seen three basketball players score more than 1,000 career points and 
received a bid to the national tournament. Lasell also has three players v\reighing options 
and /or trying out for professional teams. 

In November, the women's volleyball team 
won their second straight North Atlantic Conference 
Championship defeating Mount Ida College 3-0 in 
the final match. Sarah Quinones was named the 
North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, and 
Tania Cirino was named the Tournament MVP. 
These two women led Lasell this season to an overall 
record of 14-11, and an undefeated conference 
record of 6-0. The women have been undefeated in 
conference play now for two consecutive seasons. 

The men's basketball team became the second 
LaseU squad to win a North Atlantic Conference 
Championship when they defeated Maine Maritime 
Academy 69-65 on February 24. Senior Dwayne 
Okantey was named the MVP of the Tournament, 
and Coach Chris Harvey was named the North 
Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year. The 2001-2002 
men's basketball team produced an unprecedented 
21-7 overall record this year, and the season was 
capped off with an inaugural trip to the NCAA 
Division HI National Tournament. The men's team 

traveled to Union College on February 28, to play in 
the first ever NCAA tournament for any Lasell team. 
The men played a fiercely competitive game, losing 
75-73, but proved that they deserved to be included 
in the toiimament. 

Also, during the 2001-2002 basketball season, 
three athletes reached the 1,000 point mark for career 
scoring. This is the first time in Lasell athletics history 
that this milestone has been reached. Jen Lesnick, a 
senior on the women's basketball team, was the first 
ever 1,000 point scorer, reaching this mark on 
January 26th. She finished her career with 1,109 
career poiats, and leaves LaseU leading the team in 
points and assists. She was named to the First Team 
All-Conference Team in 2001 and 2002. Shortly after 
Jen reached this mark, Dwayne Okantey also scored 
1,000 points on February 5th. Dwayne reached this 
landmark in only two years at Lasell, averaging 20 
points per game. Erik Costin was the third athlete to 
reach 1,000 career points on February 12th against 
Elms College. 

Director of Athletics, Kristy Walter. 

Finally, three athletes have secured options to try 
out for professional teams here and abroad. Jarrod 
VanDerwerken, goalie from the men's soccer team, is 
fraveling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania dirring spring 
break for a try-out with the professional soccer team, 
the Pittsburgh River Rats. Both Dwayne Okantey 
and Vince Johnson of the men's basketball team are 
exploring professional and semi-professional options 
in basketball. 

The spring season should prove to be quite excit- 
ing as the men's lacrosse team competes for the first 
time in the Pilgrim League. The women' s lacrosse 
team is entering its second season as a varsity team, 
and the women's softbaU team is expecting to domi- 
nate the North Atlantic Conference. ^ 


Kristy Walter 
Director of Athletics 

SPRING 2002 




Karen Gill, Director of 
Alumni Affairs 

A Word from 
the Director of 
Alumni Affairs... 

Dear Ahanni: 

what an exdting time to be an alumnus of 
Lasell! So much is happening on Ccimpus emd 

off to bring together and 
encourage the participa- 
tion of our uruque con- 
stituency group. 

Never before has it 
been so easy to connect! 

In this issue of Leaves, 
you'll read about Planet 
Alumni, LaseU's exdting 
interactive online commu- 
nity. Grab a cup of coffee 
or a glass of wine, log in and enjoy chatting live, 
online with your classmates, faculty and staff. 
Enjoy the life-time email forwarding benefit that 
comes with registering. 

On the Web site, you can involve 
yourselves by filling out the career services men- 
toring survey. You can read about all the things 
that are happening at the College, from com- 
mencement 2002, during which men will gradu- 
ate with a four-year degree for the first time in the 
College's history, to an incredibly exdting reunion 
weekend that brings together, for the first time, 
Fashion, PTA, and Education majors, for pro- 
gramming and networking opportunities in 
dynamic, new affinity group gatherings. 

Vocalizing by alumni will be encouraged 
at the Pops-style evening soiree, under the tent, 
featuring the New Philharmonia Orchestra 
and spedal guest, renov«-ied singer /songwriter 
Livingston Taylor. 

There are so many compelling reasons to 
come back, reconnect, revisit, rekindle old memo- 
ries, and start new ones at Lasell's annual 

We look forward to seeing you here. 

Karen B.Gill 

Director of Alumni Affairs 


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New, Exciting, Interactive 


Something new and exciting is happening online for members of the 

Lasell community here, across the continent, and even abroad. We are harnessing the power 
of the Internet through http: / /, and invite each of you to check it 
out, sign up, and participate! 

Inaugurated by the Institutional Advancement 
Office of Alumni Affairs, our new, robust online com- 
munity — accessible by anyone with an Internet con- 
nection — enhances the way our varied Lasell con- 
stitiients stay connected to and involved with Lasell. 

Open to staff, faculty, altmmi, and friends of the 
College (membership is free and private), is the fast, simple, 
and fun way to join the party and communicate with 
Lasell's extended family online. 

Looking for information, advice, or friendship? 
Want to network? Interested in mentoring or being 
mentored? This user-friendly orJine community 
empowers its visitors to find and connect with old 
friends, make new acquaintances, and stay in touch. 
Members can post images and personal information 
to share with others in their profiles section; they can 
upload photos of family, pets, and friends on their 
mini-web pages, as well as get email responses each 
time someone responds to messages they have post- 
ed on bulletin boards. With its powerful range of 

resources, our new online commtmity makes keep- 
ing informed and staying in touch a breeze. 
Features include: 

• Member directories 

• Free, personalized lifetime email 

• Message boards 

• Real-time chats 

• Photo albums 

• Event calendars 

• Reunion planning 

• Regional alumni club sub webs 

Lasell's Planet Alumni can also be used to keep 
up with campus news, provide informative live chats 
with faculty and administrators, take registration 
information and secure payment for events tickets, 
accept online donations to the Annual Fund, and buy 
offidal College merchandise. 

So don't delay. Go to 
http: //, become a member 
today, and experience the best part of LaseU — its 
people. We look forward to getting your feedback. ^ 

Livingston Taylor Concert at Lasell 

Dinger, songwriter and musician Livingston taylor will be 

performing at "Promenade Pops at Lasell," on Saturday, May 18, at 8:30 p.m. imder 
the tent at Lasell College's Taylor Field with the New Philharmonia Orchestra. 

Taylor has been delighting fans with his accom- 
plished folk musicianship and songwriting. The 
level of his song craft, like his homespun brand 
of showmanship, is consistently impressive. 

Seating for the concert is first come, 
first served. Walk-ins will be accommodated if 
seating permits. 

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased 
securely online at http: / / 
or by calling 617-243-2141. Visit Taylor's Web site 

Dinner and concert ($75), sponsor cocktail 

Singer, songwriter and musician Livingston Taylor. party with Livingston Taylor, dinner and concert 

($150). ^ 
With his soft, easy style and more than 30 

years and 11 albums to his credit, Livingston 


Join Lasell alumni in an tmforgettable, fun-filled 'Discover 
London' week, November 14, 2002. $1299 (includes airfare from 
Boston /NY), 7 Days, 8 Meals. 

Accommodations: Melia White House or Thistle Selfridge Hotel 


• London City Tour • St. Paul's Cathedral 

• British Museum • Theatre Performance 

• Windsor Castle • Hampton Court Palace 
For more information, click onto our Web site: 

http: / / / html / london.html 

Email: or call Emily Alter, 617-796-4658. 


Sunday, November 3 an 
alumni gathering will take 
place in New York City to 
see The Producers. Read 
"Mel Brooks brings 
laughs to the stage with 
The Producers" at 
www . theproducers tickets, 
com / producers_story.htm 

Make a date for Broadway's smash hit 


Winner of 12 Tony awards! 
New York City-Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002 
Brunch 12 noon, performance 3 p.m. 



SPRING 2002 




Chester K. LaselPs Gift Ensures 
Perpetuity of Lasell Medallion 

vJne of the wonderful aspects of the sesqui- 

centermial is that it brought together so many members of the 
Lasell commvmity. 

When Chester K. Lasell, whose great, great uncle, Edward Lasell, found- 
ed the College, was asked by Williams College, his alma mater, to be their 
academic representative at the 150 Celebration, he 
was pleased to accept. "In spite of all my family 
ties, I had only been on the campus once 
before and I looked forward to the opportu- 
nity of catching up on everything that has 
been happening," he explained. 

During his visit Mr. Lasell learned 
about the Lasell Medallion, which was 
established by his late father, Chester H. 
Lasell, to honor the distinguished service to 
the College by active alumni or trustees. 
Embossed on the medallion are likenesses of 
foiinder Edward Lasell and his brother, Josiah Lasell, 

who headed the school with his brother-in-law George Briggs after Edward's 
untimely death. 

"I want to make sure that this award continues but the current design of 
the medallions does not reflect the College's name change or its four year, 
coeducational status. I am pleased to be able to make a gift that will perpetu- 
ate this award and that the medallions will now depict the College correct- 
ly," said Mr. Lasell. 

"I look forward to returning to Lasell in the near future when such a big 
celebration is not underway and I can spend time reacquainting myself with 
Lasell," he continued. His presence on campus will represent the continua- 
tion of his rich family tradition. »■ 

"Not Your Ordinary Raffle" to M 
Benefit Alumni Scholarship Fund 

Alumni Inc. will conduct the drawing for its ninth annual 
"Not Your Ordinary Raffle" to raise money for much needed 
scholarships for deserving students. Last year, $10,250 was raised 
from the sale of tickets for 30 prizes worth in excess of $5,000. 


$100 Cash prize 

$100 Savings account 

$50 Gift certificate to Scrapbooks, etc. 

$100 Cash prize 

$100 Cash prize 

$ 75 Gift Certificate 

$163.80 One-year on-line subscription to 

The Want Advertiser (2 available) 
$100 Cash prize 
$100 Cash prize 
$ 50 Floral Arrangement 
$100 value Gift basket (Dunkin Donuts, 

Togos & Baskin Robbins) 
$1800 Photograph by Japanese artist 
$100 Cash prize 

$100 Gift Certificate to William-Sonoma 
$100 Cash prize 
3-Month Membership to JCC 
$100 Gift Certificate — Marriott Hotel 
$150 Sculpture 
$100 Cash Prize 

$175 Indoor Rock Climbing Party for 10 
2 Tickets — Turtle Lane Playhouse ($42) 
$100 Cash prize 
$100 Cash prize 


Joan Weiler Amow '49 

Aubumdale Cooperative Bank 

Sue Allen Busa '58 

Jean Campbell '44 

Nancy Lawson Donahue '49 

Gleason's Flowers 

Nancy Curtis GreUier '49 

Priscilla Spence Hall '43 
Kathryn Poore Hamel '49 
Jacqueline Paulding Hauser '50 
Robert Huntington 

Kurak Geibura 

Peggy Schwingel Kraft '56 

Jean Sargent Lee '49 

Jack Leonard 

Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Community Center 

Kathryn Morgan Lucey '67 

Barbara Stickle Mode '47 

Judith Tracy Shanahan '48 

Dotty Andler Silber '63 (Boulder Mort/s) 

Turtle Lane Playhouse 

Harriet "Honey" Markham Wedeman '48 

Lynn Blodgett Williamson '46 




If you have some 
memories of your Lasell 
days which you would like 
to share, please send them to: 

Lasell Leaves Editor, 
1884 Commonwealth Ave., 
Newton, MA 02466-2716. 

CaU to Singers: Calling 
all former Orphean/ 

Lamplighter / Glee Qub 
singers and anyone else 
who wants to sing — 

Brought back by popular 
demand! We invite you to 

join your classmates in 
singing at the Saturday 
evening concert with 

Orchestra on May 18 

2002, at 8:30 p.m. 

If you are interested, 
please call 


We are very grateful to our donors! If anyone has an item 

they would like to donate, please contact the 

Alumni Affairs Office at (617) 243-2139. 

To participate, cut out coupon and mail with a check 

($5 per entry or $25 for six entries) made payable to: 

Lasell Alumni Inc., 1844 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA 02466-2716. 




(Include maiden) 





No donation necessary. Winner need not be present. 



'27 — 75th Madalyn Patten Hoberg 
'32 — 70th Alumni Office 
'37 — 65th Marge Westgate Doran 
'42 — 60th Ruth Turner Crosby/ 

Dodie Mosher Stone 
'47 — 55th Barbara Stickle Mode 
'52 — 50th Marilyn McGuire 
'57 — 45th Nancye Van Deusen 


'62 — 40th Sharon Carley Fitts 
'67 — 35th Kathy Morgan Lucey 
'72 — 30th Bonnie Berman Wugman 
'77 — 25th Lynne Pantaleo-Congdon 
'82 — 20th Sandra Davidow 
'87 — 15th Wendy Tarfano 
'92 — 10th Stormy Horton Bell 
'97 — 5th Barbara Ortega-Alicea 

SPRING 2002 




Are you a Florida snowbird? Please give us your address so that we 
can send you an invitation to events. 

Throughout the year, the President and members of the Institutional 
Advancement staff travel around the country to meet with alumni from all 
class years at Lasell gatherings. It's a chance to meet and network with 

other alumni in your geographic area while also hearing the latest 
information about Lasell. Please contact the Alumni Affairs Office at 
(617) 243-2139 if you can help to provide ideas, organize an event, etc. 
The office creates and mails all invitations, so as host, all that is needed 
is to help make some follow-up phone calls. 

MAY, '02 

17-19 Friday-Sunday 

Aubumdale, MA 


WEEKEND at Lasell College campus 


5 Saturday 

Hyannis, MA 

Hyannis Yadit Club, Cape Cod 

20 Sunday 

Aubumdale, MA 

Family & Friends Weekend /River Day 

at Lasell College 


27 Sunday 

Worcester, MA 
Worcester Art Museum 


3 Sunday 

New York City 

The Producers 

Read "Mel Brooks brings laughs to the stage 

with The Producers" 

Farmington, CT 
Apricot's Restaurant 

September Cape Cod gathering in Sandwich, MA at the Daniel Webster Inn, 
graciously hosted by Bob and Joan Conradi McLaughlin '59. 

Adam Kaplan '05 and Richard Dorval '04 modeled some 1920's swimwear for the 
alumni at the Connecticut Valley luncheon. Betty Anderson Fairchild '58 (left) 
helped Michele Poirier Gorman '60 host the gathering. 



AT'lcfn rk( Pl/\l'l/l'^ More Florida pictures 
I Ct MC U I r I U I I tl Ct in the Fall issue. 

Bubbles Davenport Weidmann '48 and Lynn Dawson Van Der Wall '61 had a great 
time swapping Lasell stories at the Key Biscayne, FL event in March 2002. 

Terry Fleming Cox '64 was serenaded by the waiter at the Lake Worth, FL event 
in March 2002. 

Students Are the Glue Behind 
the Alumni Affairs Office 

two very hard working work /study students who keep things 
running smoothly and efficiently. 

Jen Toscano and Mary Smyth, both sophomores, arrived on campus just 
as the 150 Celebration plans were in full swing. It was a sink or swim situa- 
tion and not only did these women 
rise to the top, they helped keep 
the entire office afloat. 

"During the organization of 
the Sesquicentennial, I had to go 
through old yearbooks looking for 
pictures, and it made me realize 
how much Lasell has changed," 
says Jen. "Then at the reunion, I 
gave campus van tours, and it was 
fun seeing the College through the 
eyes of the alumni. There was one 
husband who kept telling me about 
Lasell experiences, and when I looked surprised, since Lasell wasn't coed 
then, he laughed, and said he was always on campus courting his wife- to-be." 

Jen is an Elementary Education major and when she's not busy on 
campus she can probably be found sailing a Rhodes 19 in Boston Harbor 
out of the Courageous Sailing Center. "I started in sixth grade, loved it 
immediately, and now it ties in with my interest in education. During die 
summer, I teach sailing to inner city children, and this spring we are starting 
a new program that will try to get high school students to come." 

Mary helped staff the busy registration desk during the 150 Celebration. 
"I enjoyed meeting all the alumni and matching faces witli the names I had 

continued on page 17 



Jen Toscano '04 and Mary Smyth '04, a helpful 
and willing team. 




SPRING 2002 


What Is a Lasell STAR? 

In the past decade, the lasell annual fund has shown tremendous 

growth, as I have reported in past issues of Leaves and the President's Report. In recognition of 
the many alumni, parents and friends of Lasell who have helped to make this growth possi- 
ble, the Trustee Development Committee decided at its January meeting to initiate a program 
that will designate as STARS, our Annual Fund donors of 10 consecutive years or more. 

Consistent giving to the Annual Fund is the 
backbone of the program. Of course, the total num- 
ber of dollars raised is vital to the College, helping 
to support academic and athletic programs, library 
resources, student financial aid, and upkeep of the 
campus buildings and groimds. But equally impor- 
tant is the percentage of LaseU alumni, parents and 
friends who make contributions. 

Donors who contribute every year form the 
base of the Annual Fund percentage of giving. 
What makes this figure so important? When Lasell 
CoUege appUes to charitable foundations such as 
the Kresge Foundation ($400,000 for the Wtnslow 
Hall renovations), or the Davis Foundation 
($125,000 for the RoseMary B. Fuss Teaching and 
Learning Center for Faculty), or the Schrafft 
Family Foundation ($45,000 to the Schrafft 
Scholarship Fund), a significant factor they use in 
determining which institutions will receive their 
grants is donor participation in the Annual Fund. 
So every donor to the Annual Fund supports the 
College in two ways, by boosting the dollar total 
raised, and by increasing the number of donors 
who show their belief in the stiength of the institu- 
tion with their gifts. 

There were 1,419 donors to the 2000-2001 
Annual Fund who had supported the Annual 
Fund for 10 or more years. There are already more 
than half that number for the current Annual 

Director of Ai\nual 
Giving Noni Linton 

Fund ending on June 30, 
2002 who will now be desig- 
nated as STARS in the 
President's Report to be pub- 
lished in January 2003. Gifts 
from these loyal donors vary 
considerably in size — the 
amount is not the key factor 
in this program, it is the loy- 
alty and consistency of the 
support. They have made Lasell a priority in their 
charitable giving and we want to show our appre- 
ciation in a more visible way. 

Please consider making Lasell College one of 
your priorities, beginning this year, if you have 
not done so in the past. Our students need your 
support in order to help them prepare to meet the 
challenges of our changing world. Every gift to 
the Annual Fund is put to immediate use to 
assure that we are giving them the best possible 
educational experience at Lasell. 

And when you hear the word "participation," 
please remember that your participation is a gift 
to Lasell, too. ^ 

Noni Linton 

Director of Annual Giving 

Who's Calling ? 



been its Phonathon program, and its dedicated student workers, who spend their time 
connecting with alumni and keeping them informed of current events on campus. For some 
altims, the student phoner may be their only contact with Lasell over the course of years 
past. Having attained a 16% increase in pledges over the Fall semester, we believe the Spring 
holds an even more promising, yet challenging, outlook toward Annual Fund support. 

Leaves would like to recognize a few of those 
phone voices who provide this vital link between 
Lasell past and present. 

"I appreciate having such a dedicated 
Phonathon staff. They work as a team to reach 
out and share their college experiences with 
alumni of all ages. The point of view and confi- 
dence they exude on the phone is outstanding, 
and their efforts to support Lasell cannot be 
imderestimated." — Lee Goldstein, Annual 
Fund Phonathon Supervisor 

"Being a phoner gives us a chance to learn 
how Lasell used to be." — Heather Ely '04 

"I've been gaining valuable experience as a 
Phonathon caller. I enjoy conversing with alums 
who are friendly and very informative about their 
own college experiences. I also enjoy getting gen- 
erous pledges which support student financial 
aid, among other essential college programs. I feel 

student phonathoners busy at work. 

very fortunate and honored to be supporting 
Lasell College." — Stephanie Samson '05 

"I look at the Phonathon as a form of net- 
working for my future." — Allison Blackmore '03 

"I always smile when I dial!" — 
James Nason '05 »- 

Lasell Launches a 
Whole New Level 
of Giving 


and it provides a whole new level of 

giving for donors who continue to be 

dazzled by the accomplishments of the 

revitaUzed Lasell College. 

For the first time in LaseU history, alumni 
and friends of the College have a new tier of 
philanthropic achievement to consider, the 
1851 Society, for gifts of $25,000 and more. 
Overseer Coleman Casey, Trustee of the 
Helen M. Saimders '17 Foundation, was the 
first to step up 
to the plate. He 
told President 
de Witi: that he 
would make a 
contribution at 
this level and challenge someone else to make 
the same commitment. Trustee Richard S. 
Holway met the challenge head on. For Dick 
Holway it was a fitting gesture, since at the 
time that he was Chairman of the Board, it 
was he who recommended the creation of 
the Chairman's Coxmcil — recognizing the 
generosity of those who gifted the CoUege 
with $10,000 or more. Both Coleman and Dick 
Holway challenge others to consider a gift at 
this new level. ^ 



been working with over the year. There was 
a real buzz. Everyone was excited to see their 
returning classmates." 

As Mary, a Fashion Design major, talked 
with the alurmii, she was interested in hear- 
ing what some of the past dress require- 
ments were. "Students look a lot different in 
Valentine Dining Hall today than they did in 
the Lasell of the past," she chuckles. 

Because she is a Resident Assistant (RA) 
this year (see story page 9), staying focused 
and budgeting her time are two things that 
Mary has learned to do well. "I'm one of four 
RAs in Woodland Hall, and I am in charge of 
the second floor, which has almost 40 stu- 
dents living on it," she explains. Since most 
of them are freshman, I was answering a mil- 
lion questions at the beginning of the year, 
but things have settied down now." 

With the fast approach of this year's 
reunion and commencement, and aU their 
incurring details, the Alumni Office wiU 
confidently be relying on this experienced 
and extiemely competent team. »- 

SPRING 2002 


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Lucky Lottery Ticket 
Leads to a Lasell 
Endowed Scholarship 

When katherine e. meredith 

'94 scratched her $5 lottery ticket and dis- 
covered that she had won $1 million, she 
realized that her life had changed. 

After the initial euphoria, she gave serious 
thought as to what she wanted to do with this 

"It was quite a time for me," Katherine 
recalls. "March 13 marked my 10th year of being 
cancer free. On March 26 1 turned 50 and on 
April 4th 1 won a million dollars." 

In 1992, Katherine had just finished chemo- 
therapy and, wanting to change her life and 
career, decided to enroU in college as a fuU-time 
student. "When I came to Lasell for my inter- 
view, my hair was a half inch long. A student 
came up to me and said 'awesome haircuf and 
I knew this was the college for me," she laughs. 

A member of the Physical Therapist Assis- 
tant (PTA) program, she worked hard. "I was a 
non-traditional age student but I developed a 
great relationship with the other PTA students. 
I was right there with them," she says. "With 
LaseU's help I received grants, financial aid, and 
was a work /study student. This enabled me to 
complete the program. To give you an idea of 
how hard it was, there were 40 PTA students 
when I started and only 24 of us graduated in 
1994. 1 was very proud when I was asked to be 
the speaker at the PTA pinning ceremony." 

Working alongside her was another 
"older" student, Linda Georgilas. "As we shared 
experiences, we became fast friends and kept in 
touch after graduation, including working in 
home care together," says Katherine. "I knew 
her whole family well and when, in November 
2000, Linda's son Jason died, I shared her grief." 

Thinking back on all that she and Linda had 
been through together and how fortunate she 
had been to win the lottery, Katherine wondered 
how she could give something back. "Lasell 
College helped me redefine my career. Everyone 
was so supportive. For non-traditional students 
like Linda and myself, it was harder as we had to 
balance family, children and job responsibilities." 

Talking with Linda and her family, 
Katherine decided to establish the Jason C. 
Georgilas Endowed Scholarship. "It represents 
the connection between Linda and me, between 
us and Lasell, and through it, Jason Lives on. 
Education was of great importance to us and 
Lasell made it possible." 

Katherine has also increased her gift to 
the Annual Fund and said, "I would like to 
increase it further when I am able." The lucky 
lottery ticket has touched many lives and 
through the endowed scholarship it will touch 
many more. «*■ 

Alumni Donate Museum-Quality Pieces 
to Goodwill Collection 

of the Goodwill Collection and thanks to the generosity of Marjorie W. Doran '37, Gertrude 
B. Duquette '43 and Sally R. Southmayd '62, some beautiful pieces, all in mint condition, have 
recently been added. There are more than 300 lavish items in the Collection, which focuses 
on women's and children's clothing, including accessories such as hats, gloves and shoes. 

Professor Jill Carey, who was instrumental in 
bringing the Collection to Lasell, knows each and 
every piece and is very excited by the new 
arrivals. Standing by a 1930s wardrobe box, she 
explains that this is where Marjorie Doran's wed- 
ding dress was kept. 'It is a very personal dona- 
tion to the College," Jill exudes. Holding the beau- 
tiful silk dress up, she is quick to show all the 
hand stitching. Mrs. Doran also donated the dress 
that she had made for her 50th wedding anniver- 
sary in 1987, whose bodice is a copy of that of her 
wedding gown. This is the most recent piece 
included in the Collection. 

Among the pieces Trudy Duquette donated 
were a wool opera cape with a beautiful printed 
silk lining from the 1880s, as well as a silk, floral 
print, wedding day dress with jacket. A note 
pinned to it reads, "My mother wore this dress 
in the early 1930s to the wedding of the mother 
of a General Motors vice president. It was quite 
an affair." 

Spreading out a two-piece afternoon dress 
from 1885, donated by SaUy Southmayd, Jill 
points to the leg of mutton sleeves and the top's 
built-in stays. "Feel the weight of it," she exclaims 
as she holds up the skirt, showing its bustle. 
"Women wore five layers in those days, including 
the camisole under the corset, the corset, and the 
camisole over the corset. The philosophy was to 
control the body from the outside. Today we 
believe in controlling the body from the inside." 

Jill is very concerned about housing the 
Collection properly. "So far, money I received 
from a Packard Grant has been used for an 
appraiser and a photographer, so we now have 
excellent slides and a Powerpoint presentation that 
includes many of the pieces. The appraiser became 
so involved that she donated her services." 

Four honors students from History o/20^" 
Century Fashion (Maura McCarthy '03, Carla 
Mercurio '03, Melissa Pante '03 and Caitlin 
Zmayefski '03) have been designated to research 

Maura McCarthy '03, Carla Mercurio '03, Caitlin Zmayefski 
'03 and Professor Carey examine a wool opera cape donated 
by Gertrude B. Duquette '43. 

Professor Jill Carey exhibits the dresses donated by 
Marjorie W. Doran '37. 

and design an optunum new space for the 
Collection. They are meeting with curators at the 
Museum of Fine Arts and the Quincy Historical 
Society in order to find out what techniques are 
used to preserve their collections. These students 
are both design and merchandising majors and 
their expertise and skills will complement each 
other as they attend these meetings and the 
connected learning project progresses. 

"The students will be seeing the spaces these 
institutions have and how their pieces are housed. 
Some of the points they wiU be covering are how 
they hang and store their costumes, what type of 
dress forms they use, their use of acid-free paper, 
and what they do for temperature and moisture 
control. The information the students present will 
be used for a grant proposal to fimd a new space 
for the Collection in the Yamawaki Art and 
Cultural Center. It will be wonderful to have 
pieces stored by period and to have drawer space 
that is dedicated to specific items. If we wanted to 
have a display of bodices, we could just pull open 
the bodice drawer," Jill excitedly explains. 

Using the Collection to tie academic theory 
with a real life project is a prime example of con- 
nected learning, and the modeling of some of the 
pieces at alumni gatherings has made alumni 
aware of this incredible resource. The recent alum- 
ni donations are appreciated both for their value 
as a teaching tool and as a personal expression of 
interest in the College and the Collection. >*• 



SPRING 2002 

"Good Will Planning" 


some dollars collected were misdirected, have certainly made many of us wary of con- 
tributing significant, outright gifts to our favorite charities, whether our church, local hos- 
pital, favorite museum, or our alma mater. However, there is a way to provide critical, 
long-term support to Lasell or other organizations with no disruption of your current 
lifestyle and no immediate out-of-pocket costs. This method of giving is called a bequest. 

Quite simply, a bequest is a gift made at death draft a bequest that fits your situation, satisfies 
through your will or trust. There are no minimum your personal goals, and meets Lasell' s needs 
dollar amounts required or complex tax rules to (please see form below for more information). 

Remember, those who make bequests are also 
recognized with membership in Lasell's 
Heritage Society! »■ 


Cathy Black, director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving 

memorize. You can designate exactly how you 
want your bequest used or make it unrestricted to 
meet the ever-changing needs of Lasell. Although 
a bequest offers no income tax benefits, it can be 
deductible for estate tax purposes. This is an 
important feature since, in some cases, estate taxes 
can be more punishing than income taxes. 

There are three main types of bequests: a spe- 
cific bequest, a residual or proportional bequest, 
and a contingent bequest. A specific bequest is the 
simplest form of bequest. It designates a fixed 
dollar amount or specific property to Lasell. This 
type of bequest is appropriate when you have an 
item of value (stocks or bonds, real estate, works 
of art, or rare books) or a definite dollar amount 
that you wish to leave to Lasell. A residual or pro- 
portional bequest designates either your entire 
estate or a percentage of your estate after other 
specific bequests are distributed. The advantage 
of designating a portion of your estate to Lasell is 
that the bequest automatically adjusts in size as 
your estate increases or decreases over the years. 
Finally, a contingent bequest is carried out only if 
circumstances make it impossible to carry out a 
primary bequest. For example, if all other benefi- 
ciaries are deceased, then a contingent beneficiary 
(Lasell) receives a bequest. 

All three bequests can benefit Lasell, or one of 
its specific departments or programs. 
Alternatively, you may choose to provide a 
bequest for unrestricted support. Such gifts, 
directed to Lasell's areas of greatest need, have 
benefits that are truly campus-wide. 

Your will is a legal document and should be 
drafted or amended by an attorney. I would be 
happy to work with you and your attorney to 


Cathy Black 

(r\ » 

For more information on how gift planning can 
benefit you and Lasell, please call Cathy Black, 
director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, at 
(617) 243-2223 or fill out this form and mail to: 

The Heritage Society 

Office of Institutional Advancement 

Lasell College 

1844 Commonwealth Avenue 

Newton, MA 02466-2716 

Please send information on: 


_ Charitable Bequests 

_ Lasell Gift Annuities 

_ Charitable Trusts 

_ Heritage Society Membership 

_ Gifts of Appreciated Securities 








All responses will be held in strictest confidence. 

Abrahamian '48 
Bequeaths $90,000 

'48 is a shining example of a bequest 
donor. Her foresight and generosity 
will now benefit a college of which she 
was most proud and that enriched her 
life enormously. 

An active life may have prevented her 
from staying in close contact with Lasell post- 
graduation, but clearly, it never strayed from 
her heart. The legacy she left behind to her 
beloved alma mater is a testament to this fact. 

With little fan- 
fare, Peggy, who 
died in September 
2000, left a gener- 
ous bequest of 
$90,000 to her 
College and its 

Her nephew. 
Dr. Joseph B. 
NadoL Jr., of 
Eye and Ear Infirmary, recalls: "Aunt Peggy 
always made a positive impact on the lives 
of all those whom she touched. She was 
generous of her time, attention, and love, 
and had fond memories of Lasell College." 

Peggy lived in W. Yarmouth, Massa- 
chusetts and was bom in Watertown, 
Massachusetts. Known as the "Queen of the 
Day Hops," the name by which Lasell stu- 
dents fondly called commuters, she never let 
the fact that she lived off-campus prevent her 
from being an active participant in on-campus 
activities. A skilled athlete, she played on 
Lasell's soccer, hockey, basketball, Softball, 
and tennis teams. She also served on the 
Executive Council and Speaker's Bureau. 

Peggy's active extra-curricular activities 
complemented her work as a dedicated and 
talented student in the fashion merchandis- 
ing program. The skills she obtained pre- 
pared her well for a fulfilling career as a 
retail buyer with Grover Cronin, Guilchrist, 
and RH Stearns stores. 

"What a generous and significant way 
for Peggy to acknowledge her lifelong 
attachment to her alma mater. We are 
thrilled to be the recipient of her gift, and are 
touched that her life at the College had such 
a lasting influence," said Cathy Black, direc- 
tor of Major Gifts and Planned Giving, i*- 

Margaret "Peggy 
Abrahamian '48 

SPRING 2002 




Listings that appear in all caps denote home games. Occasionally, due to weather, etc., dates and times may change. 
For confirmation, please check with the Athletics Department at (617) 243-2147. 


There were 14 new faces on the women's soccer 
team this fall, and they were ably guided by Coach 
David Glidden who was also entering his first 
Lasell season. 


This is the fourth year of Lasell's men's soccer 
program and the schedule included games against 
many of the best teams in New England. 


This young team, which had eight freshmen on 
its roster, gained enough strength and skill to make 
it to the NAC conference semi-finals for the third 
straight season. 


what a year! The women's volleyball team 
brought home the championship banner for the sec- 
ond time. 


"We were a team with only seven players and a 
lot of injuries," said Coach Scott Abbotts, "but we 
had a lot of heart and came a long way this season. 


New coach Larry Sulivan was very pleased with 
the cross country team's performance this year. 


It was an extraordinary year for the men's 
team. Earning a bid to the NCAA Division III 
Tournament and being one of only eight indepen- 
dent institutions to be invited was a first for Lasell 


Senior Jen Lesnick became the first basketball 
player in Lasell's history to break 1000 points and 
she was ably backed up by high scorers Joanna 
Morin, Monica Sheppard and Keri Tucker. ^ 



28 Wednesday St. Joseph's (ME)scrimmage 
31 Saturday (scrimmage) 

22 Tuesday 
30 Thursday 

Anna Maria 
















Emerson College 
Fitchburg State College 
Pine Manor College 


3 Thursday ELMS COLLEGE* 


7 Monday Becker College* 

12 Saturday Johnson State College* 

13 Sunday Castleton State College* 




25 Friday Lesley College* 


30 Wednesday Mt. Ida College* 


3 Sunday North Atlantic Conf. Quarterfinal 

7 Thursday North Atlantic Conf. Semi-Finals 
9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference Finals 
* North Atlantic Conference Match 

Head Coach: David Glidden (2nd year) 
Assistant Coach: Laura Noah (2nd year) 



7 Saturday UMASS Dartmouth 

10 Tuesday Tufts University 

14 Saturday Mass College 


19 Thursday New England College 



28 Saturday Salem State College 


2 Wednesday 
5 Saturday 
7 Monday 

12 Saturday 

13 Sunday 
19 Saturday 
22 Tuesday 
24 Thursday 
27 Sunday 

Elms College* 



Johnson State College* 

Castleton State College* 






3 Saturday Quarterfinals 

6 Wednesday Semi-Finals 

9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference 

*North Atlantic Conference Match 

Head Coach: Giovanni A. Pacini (5th year) 


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6 Friday 

Springfield Tournament 

7 Saturday 

Springfield Tournament 

8 Sunday 


10:00 a.m. 

10 Tuesday 



11 Wednesday 


7:00 p.m. 

14 Saturday 


12:00 p.m 

17 Tuesday 

Mount Ida* 

7:00 p.m. 

19 Thursday 

Westfield State College 

7:00 p.m. 

21 Saturday 

Colby-Sawyer tri-match 
w/Anna MariaTBA 

22 Sunday 


12:00 p.m 

23 Monday 

Rivier College 

7:00 p.m. 

27 Friday 

Bridgewater Tourney 

TBA p.m. 

28 Saturday 

Bridgewater Tourney 

TBA p.m. 


1 Tuesday 

Suffolk University 

7:00 p.m. 

5 Saturday 

Tri-match Wentworth & Umass 

12:00 p.m 

11 Friday 

Eastern Connecticut Tourney 


12 Saturday 

©Eastern Connecficut Tourney 


19 Saturday 


12:30 p.m 

21 Monday 

Lesley College* 

7:00 p.m. 


1 Friday Brandeis Tournament 

2 Saturday Brandeis Tournament 

6 Wednesday North Atlantic Conference 

9 Saturday North Atlantic Conference 

Semi-finals & Finals 
'North Atlantic Conference Match 

Head Coach; Mary Tom (6th year) 
Assistant Coach: Karin Chue (6th year) 

7:00 p.m. 
7:00 p.m. 





5 Thursday 
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14 Saturday 

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27 Thursday 
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2 Tuesday 
5 Saturday 
8 Tuesday 
10 Thursday 
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22 Tuesday 
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29 Tuesday 


CASTLETON STATE (Scrimmage) 1:00 p.m. 
Fitchburg State College 4:30 p.m. 

Husson College(ovemight in Maine)* 2:00 p.m. 

Thomas College* 


Wheelock College* 



Simmons College* 



Regis College 




Elms College* 



2 Tuesday NAC Quarterfinals 
5 Saturday NAC Semi-finals 
9 Sunday NAC Finals 
*North Atlantic Conference Game 

Head Coach: Jessica King (4th year) 
Assistant Coach: Sarah Palfy (3rd Year) 
Goalie Coach: Kelly Sullivan (4th year) 

12:00 p.m. 
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SPRING 2002 

© 2002, Lasell College. 
All rights reserved. 

Lasell Leaves is distributed twice a year, 
free of charge to alumni, students, and 
friends of Lasell. 

The publication is produced by 

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Lasell College 

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Tel. (617) 243-2141 

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